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Blessed Are They, Forever Blest

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1 Blessed are they, forever blest,
Whose guilt is pardoned by their God,
Whose sins with sorrow are confessed
And covered with their Savior's blood.

2 Blessed are they to whom the Lord
Imputes not their iniquity.
They plead no merit or reward
And not on works but grace rely.

3 From guile their hearts and lips are free;
Their humble joy, their holy fear
With deep repentance well agree
And join to prove their faith sincere.

4 How glorious is that righteousness
That hides and cancels all their sins,
While bright the evidence of grace
Through all their lives appears and shines!

Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #383

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Blest is the man, supremely blest
Title: Blessed Are They, Forever Blest
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: LM (Long Meter — 88 88)


Blest is the man, supremely blest. C. Wesley. [Ps. xxxii.] First published in the Wesley Psalms & Hymns, 1743, as a version of Ps. xxxii. in 9 stanzas of 8 lines. In 1875 it was rearranged and included in the revised edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book as hymn 561 in two parts, Pt. ii. being, "Thou art my hiding place, In Thee" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. viii. p. 65).

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)