Triple chant for Psalm 127 for ATBB in C major, and for SATB in E flat major

Tags: psalm, ATB, free score, sacred

Two (and possibly three) versions of this triple chant are found in the Cambridge University Library archive: 

We are told this chant appears in the St. Paul's Cathedral ATB Chant Book (number 50) - thanks Peter Kirk.

The full typeset PDF score for the Psalm 127 C major ATBB version can be obtained here (or click on the image below).

MusicXML version suitable for import into MuseScore or Sibelius (etc) can be obtained here.

Please also see our guidance on the use of this score.

Peter Tranchell Psalm 127 triple chant in C major

[127]. PSALM CXXVII. Nisi Dominus.

1. Except the Lord build the house :
their labour is but lost that build it.
2. Except the Lord keep the city :
the watchman waketh but in vain.
3. It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness :
for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
4. Lo, children and the fruit of the womb :
are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
5. Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant :
even so are the young children.
6. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them :
they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.