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Blest Are the Poor

Blest are the poor, whose spirits know their need

Author: Susan H. Peterson (1998)
Tune: [Search me, O God, and know my heart today] (Maori)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. Blest are the poor, whose spirits know their need;
God’s heav’nly kingdom will be theirs indeed.
Blest, those who mourn; God’s comfort will be known.
Blest are the meek; the world will be their own.

2. Blest, those who seek God’s righteousness each day;
They will be filled and never turned away.
Blest are the kind, for mercy will be giv’n.
Blest are the pure in heart; they’ll see God in Heav’n.

3. Blest, men of peace; they will God’s sons be named.
Blest, those who suffer slander and much shame.
Blest, faithful ones, enduring for your Lord.
Rejoice, be glad, for great is your reward.

4. I see my need and humbly seek Your face.
Show me Your mercy; all my cares erase.
Keep my heart pure; I long for righteousness.
I know that as Your child I’m fully blest.

Author: Susan H. Peterson

Born: Oc­to­ber 17, 1950, Port An­ge­les, Wash­ing­ton. Died: Ju­ly 23, 2004, Per­al­ta, New Mex­i­co. Susan was the se­cond of two girls in the fam­i­ly. Her fa­ther worked for the Na­tion­al Park Ser­vice, so Su­san en­joyed grow­ing up in Na­tion­al Parks and His­tor­ic Sites across Amer­i­ca. She did her un­der­grad­u­ate work at Stan­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty and earned a BS in ma­the­ma­tics in 1972. The next year she took a one-year grad­u­ate pro­gram at Mult­no­mah School of the Bi­ble in Port­land, Or­e­gon, and re­ceived a Cer­tif­i­cate of Bi­ble up­on com­ple­tion. She de­cid­ed not to pur­sue a ca­reer in com­put­er sci­ence, as she had orig­in­al­ly in… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest are the poor, whose spirits know their need
Title: Blest Are the Poor
Author: Susan H. Peterson (1998)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Language: English
Copyright: Released into the public domain

Tune

[Search me, O God, and know my heart today] (Maori)

The tune was adapted from "Swiss Cradle Song" by Clement Scott. It was released by the Australian music company W. H. Paling and Co. in 1913. It was then adapted in New Zealand for a farewell song for Maori soldiers beginning in World War I, modified with the words "This is the hour," used as a wal…

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The Cyber Hymnal #549
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