Scripture Verse

Blessed are the poor in spi­rit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:3

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
1674–1748

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 102. The be­a­ti­tudes.

Music: Dan­vers Lo­well Ma­son, Ju­ve­nile Psalm­ist 1829 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Sermon on the Mount
Carl H. Bloch
1834–1890

Lyrics

Blest are the humble souls that see
Their emptiness and poverty;
Treasures of grace to them are giv’n,
And crowns of joy laid up in Heav’n.

Blest are the men of broken heart,
Who mourn for sin with inward smart;
The blood of Christ divinely flows,
A healing balm for all their woes.

Blest are the meek, who stand afar
From rage and passion, noise and war;
God will secure their happy state,
And plead their cause against the great.

Blest are the souls that thirst for grace
Hunger and long for right­eous­ness;
They shall be well supplied, and fed
With living streams and liv­ing bread.

Blest are the men whose bow­els move
And melt with sympathy and love;
From Christ the Lord they shall ob­tain
Like sympathy and love again.

Blest are the pure, whose hearts are clean
From the defiling powers of sin;
With endless pleasure they shall see
A God of spotless pu­ri­ty.

Blest are the men of peace­ful life,
Who quench the coals of grow­ing strife;
They shall be called the heirs of bliss,
The sons of God, the God of peace.

Blest are the sufferers who par­take
Of pain and shame for Je­sus’ sake;
Their souls shall triumph in the Lord;
Glory and joy are their re­ward.