Scripture Verse

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


Words: Paul H. Sweet­ser, in The Sab­bath School Lute, ed­it­ed by Ed­ward L. White & John E. Gould (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Ol­iv­er Dit­son, 1848), num­ber 30.

Music: Ho­ly Hill Will­iam H. Pon­ti­us (1857–1937) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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O, blest in spirit are the poor;
The heav’nly kingdom they possess;
And they that mourn shall mourn no more,
The mourners, God will surely bless.

The meek in heart the Lord will bless,
And they shall dwell in all the land;
And those who thirst for righteousness,
They shall be filled from God’s own hand.

O, blessèd are the merciful,
For mercy they shall sure obtain;
And blessèd are the pure in soul,
For they God’s favor shall reclaim.

O blest are they who strive for peace,
For they shall be the Lord’s delight;
The heav’nly kingdom shall increase,
In those who suffer for the right.

O blest are they whom men revile,
And persecute for Jesus’ sake—
They shall rejoice in God’s own smile,
And rich rewards from Heaven take.