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


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the right­eous and the wick­ed.

Music: St. Se­pul­chre George Coop­er, 1836. First pub­lished in Chope’s Tune Book, 1862 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Coop­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Happy the man, whose cau­tious feet
Shun the broad way that sin­ners go,
Who hates the place where athe­ists meet,
And fears to talk as scof­fers do.

He loves t’em­ploy the morn­ing light
Amongst the sta­tutes of the Lord;
And spends the wake­ful hours of night,
With plea­sure pon­der­ing o’er the Word.

He, like a plant by gen­tle streams,
Shall flour­ish in im­mor­tal green;
And Heav’n will shine with kind­est beams
On ev’ry work his hands be­gin.

But sin­ners find their coun­sels crossed:
As chaff be­fore the tem­pest flies,
So shall their hopes be blown and lost,
When the last trum­pet shakes the skies.

In vain the re­bel seeks to stand
In judg­ment with the pi­ous race;
The dread­ful Judge, with stern com­mand,
Divides him to a dif­fer­ent place.

Straight is the way My saints have trod;
I blest the path, and drew it plain;
But you would choose the crook­ed road,
And down it leads to end­less pain.