Psalm 121 (Greek numbering: Psalm 120) is the 121st psalm from the Book of Psalms. It is one of 15 psalms that begins with the words "A song of ascents" (Shir Hama'alot).
Psalm 121 has the Latin incipit, Levavi oculus. In the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, it is prescribed for use on day 27 of each month, at Morning Prayer. The first verse is frequently quoted on monuments and memorials commemorating those inspired by mountains or hills. A well known example is a stained glass window in Church of St Olaf, Wasdale in the English Lake District National Park, which quotes Psalm 121 as a memorial to members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who were killed in the First World War.
- Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 120)
- 1 Levavi oculos meos in montes, unde veniet auxilium mihi.
- 2 Auxilium meum a Domino, qui fecit caelum et terram.
- (There are eight verses in all.)
- Book of Common Prayer
- 1 I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills : from whence cometh my help.
- 2 My help cometh even from the Lord : who hath made heaven and earth.
Musical settings for the Latin text have been composed by Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo Hassler and Herbert Howells amongst others. Settings composed for the English text include John Clarke-Whitfeld, Charles Villiers Stanford and Henry Walford Davies. A setting by William McKie was sung at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002.