Scripture Verse

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1

Introduction

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James Montgomery
(1771–1854)

Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Songs of Zi­on (Lon­don: Long­man, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 1822).

Music: Park Street Fred­er­ick M. A. Ve­nua, cir­ca 1810 (🔊 pdf nwc). Re­peats the last line of each verse.

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ve­nua (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Thrice happy he, who shuns the way
That leads ungodly men astray;
Who fears to stand where sinners meet.
Nor with the scorner takes his seat.

The law of God is his delight;
That cloud by day, that fire by night.
Shall be his comfort in distress,
And guide him through the wilderness.

His works shall prosper—he shall be
A fruitful, fair, unwithering tree,
That, planted where the river flows,
Nor drought, nor frost, nor mildew knows.

Not so the wicked—they are cast
Like chaff upon the eddying blast;
In judgment they shall quake for dread,
Nor with the righteous lift their head.

For God hath spied their secret path.
And they shall perish in His wrath;
He too hath marked His people’s road,
And brings them to His own abode.