1 Blessed are the meek and contrite,
Who in Jesus fall asleep;
Blessed where the saints forever
Their untiring vigils keep;
They are from their labors resting;
God has wiped away their tears;
They are dwelling in the kingdom,
Free from all their sins and fears.
2 Blessed are they, saith the Spirit,
They are free from toil and care;
They the kingdom do inherit,
That their Savior doth prepare;
They are free from tribulation,
And their robes are pure and white;
They have safely crossed the river,
And have reached the realms of light.
3 Blessed shall they be forever,
Endless is their peaceful rest,
And the works they have accomplished
Of their Lord are richly blest:
Blessed is the faithful witness
They have borne unto their Lord,
While they reap abounding harvests,
Promised in His faithful Word.
Henry A. Becker was born on April 30, 1841 in Mahoning County, Ohio. He graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and completed his theological studies there in 1866. He was ordained by the Joint Synod of Ohio and pastored churches at St. Paris, Thornville and Delaware, Ohio. He wrote many poems and hymns and also edited the Lutheran Child’s Paper for nearly 10 years and contributed articles to the Lutheran Standard. He died on August 21, 1884.
NN, Hymnary editor. Source: www.hymntime.com/tch
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This tune is adapted from Barthélemon's piece Durandarte and Belerma: A Pathetic Scotch Ballad (1797). Some editors describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring to the similarity between this tune and FREU DICH SEHR.
Display Title: Blessed are the meek and contriteFirst Line: Blessed are the meek and contriteTune Title: MANT (Autumn)Author: Rev. Henry Albert BeckerMeter: No. 11Date: 1908Subject: Christian Life and Hope | The Consummation: Death and Burial