The Pure in Heart

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1 Blessed are the pure in heart,
They have loved the better part;
When life’s journey they have trod,
They shall go to see their God.
Till in glory they appear,
They shall often see Him here;
And His grace shall learn to know
In His glorious works below.

2 When the sun begins to rise,
Spreading brightness through the skies,
They will love to praise and bless
Christ, the Son of Righteousness.
In the watches of the night,
When the stars are clear and bright,
“Thus the just shall shine” they say,
“In the Resurrection day.”

3 When the leaves in autumn die,
Falling fast and silently,
“These,” they thing, “that now seem dead,
Shall in spring lift up their head.”
God in every thing they see;
First in all their thoughts is He;
They have loved the better part;—
Blessed are the pure in heart!

Source: The Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #208

Author: John Mason Neale

John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly tem­perament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blessed are the pure in heart, They have loved the better part
Title: The Pure in Heart
Author: John Mason Neale
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


[Blessed are the pure in heart] (Hullah)

TICHFIELD (Richardson)


Also known as: FRAMINGHAM GROSSNER GROSSER GOTT HALLE HUNGARIAN MELODY LAUDAMUS PARIS PASCHAL STILLORGAN GROSSER GOTT was set to the German versification in the Katholisches Gesangbuch (see above). Variants of the tune abound; the version found in the Psalter Hymnal came from Johann Schicht's Allg…

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