1 Blest is the Man, to whom the GOD of Heaven,
All his Transgressions freely hath forgiven:
Whose Guilt is cover'd, and shall not appear;
At GOD's Tribunal to condemn him there.
Thrice bless'd is he, who as he has transgressed,
With contrite Heart hath all his Crimes confessed;
To whom the LORD will not impute his Sin,
And whose pure Soul from all Deceit is clean.
2 Whilst I concael'd my Sin, my heart was grieved,
My Bones consuming could not be relieved;
All Day, did I with Anguish roar;
But no Complaints assuag'd my fretting Sore.
Heavy, O LORD! thy Hand on me remain'd,
And I was quite of vital Moisture drained;
Like parched Lands, with Summer's Drought opprest,
And equally by Day and Night distress'd.
3 But I no sooner had my Guilt disclosed,
Than thy Forgiveness kindly interposed;
I shew'd the Wound that tortur'd me within,
And Mercy's healing Balm was poured in.
Thus with Success Repentance shall be crowned,
Whilst in the Flood the thoughtless Wretch is drowned:
To those who seek, and would thy Pardon find,
Thou art, O LORD! in mercy still inclin'd.
4 Thy Mercies never fail, when I'm distressed,
By thee, my haughty Foes are all suppressed:
Thou art my Refuge, safe I will rejoice,
And thee, my Saviour, praise with Heart and Voice.
If then my safe Instructions you confide in,
The sacred paths of Truth you will abide in;
Your Progress I securely will direct,
And with my watchful Eye your Ways protect.
5 Be ye like Men who Reason have attained,
And not like those whose Fury must be reined;
Behave not like th' ungovern'd Horse or Mule,
But yield yourselves to Wisdom's sacred Rule,
Sorrows on Sorrows ever multiplied,
Are heap'd on those who have the LORD defied;
While plenteous Mercy shall the Just surround,
Who have in him their only Refuge found.
6 Then let the Saints be glad in GOD their Saviour;
Rejoice, ye Righteous, in th' Almighty's Favour:
Ye upright ones, your chearful Voices raise,
In grateful Raptures sing JEHOVAH's Praise.
Francis Hopkinson; grad. College of Philadelphia with master’s degree; studied law and passed Pa. bar; opened conveyancer’s office in Philadelphia; musical and literary talent; prolific writer who frequently used pen name, A. B.
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Display Title: Blest is the Man, to whom the GOD of HeavenFirst Line: Blest is the Man, to whom the GOD of HeavenTune Title: [Blest is the man, to whom the God of Heaven]Scripture: Psalm 32Date: 1767Subject: Description of | Fear and Service of the Lord; Description of | Happiness of Man; Thanksgivings | Forgivness of Sins