Blessed Are the Sons of God

Blessed are the sons of God

Author: Joseph Humphreys (1743)
Published in 190 hymnals

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1 Blessed are the sons of God,
They are bought with Jesu's blood,
They are ransomed from the grave,
Life eternal they shall have.
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

2 God did leave them to his Son,
Long before the world begun;
They the seal of this receive
When on Jesus they believe.
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

3 They are justified by grace,
They enjoy a solid peace;
All their sins are washed away,
They shall stand in God's great day.
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

4 They produce the fruits of grace,
In the works of righteousness!
Born of God, they hate all sin,
God's pure seed remains within.
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

5 They have fellowship with God
Through the Mediator's blood;
One with God, through Jesus one,
Glory is in them begun.
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

6 Though they suffer much on earth,
Strangers to the worldlings mirth,
Yet they have an inward joy,
Pleasures which can never cloy,
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

7 They alone are truly blest,
Heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ;
They with love and peace are filled,
They are by his Spirit sealed"
With them numbered may we be,
Now and through eternity!

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. 1st Ed., 1816

Author: Joseph Humphreys

Humphreys, Joseph, son of Asher Humphreys, minister at Burford, Oxfordshire, was born at Burford, Oct. 28, 1720, and educated at a grammar school at Fairford, and at an academy for the training of young men for the ministry in London. From the latter he was expelled, Dec. 25, 1739, because of his attachment to Whitefield. For a short time he associated with the Wesleys, but eventually joined G. Whitefield, and subsequently preached at Bristol, London, and Deptford. He died in London (date unknown), and was buried in the Moravian Cemetery at Chelsea. He was a contributor to Whitefield's Christian History (1741-1748), 1742, &c, and published, 1742, An Account of Joseph Humphreys's Experiences, &c. As a hymnwriter he is not widely known. His… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blessed are the sons of God
Title: Blessed Are the Sons of God
Author: Joseph Humphreys (1743)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: With them numbered may we be


Blessed are the sons of God. J. Humphreys. [Christian Privileges.] This is the first of six hymns added by J. Cennick to Pt. ii. of his Sacred Hymns for the Use of Religious Societies, Bristol, F. Farley, 1743, No. 72, p. 95. It is in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and is headed, "The Priviledges of God's Children." Concerning these six hymns J. Cennick says, "These were done by Mr. Joseph Humphreys." In Whitefield's Collection, 1753, it was given as No. 14 in that part of the collection devoted to “Hymns for Society, and Persons meeting in Christian Fellowship." As shortly after this date it fell out of use in its original form, and the text is somewhat difficult to find…. The Rev. R. Conyers published in his Collection of Psalms & Hymns, 1st edition, 1767, as No. 84, the hymn in a new form. Dealing with the hymn as an unbroken poem of 32 lines, he took the first 6 lines, added thereto the last lines of the hymn as altered by Whitefield ("With them," &c.) as a refrain, and constituted them as stanza i.; the next 6 lines, with the same refrain as stanza ii., and so on to the end, thus producing a hymn of 5 stanzas of 8 lines. Toplady, in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 116, adopted Conyers's idea of using the last two lines of the hymn as a refrain, by adding them to Humphreys's stanzas i.-iv., vi., and v., in the order named, and thereby producing a hymn of 6 stanzas of 6 lines It is to this arrangement of the text that most modern editors both in Great Britain and America are indebted for their centos. Portions of the hymn in centos of varying lengths, are in extensive use. -- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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