Blessed be ye poor

Lord, when I hear thy children talk

Author: Joseph Hart (1759)
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

"Blessed be ye poor." Luke 6:20.

1. Lord, when I hear thy children talk,
(And I believe ‘tis often true )
How with delight thy ways they walk,
And gladly thy commandments do.

2. In my own breast I look and read
Accounts so very different there,
That, had I not thy blood to plead,
Each sight would sink me to despair.

3. Needy, and naked, and unclean,
Empty of good, and full of ill,
A lifeless lump of loathsome sin,
Without the power to act or will!

4. I feel my fainting spirits droop,
My wretched leanness I deplore,
Till gladdened with a gleam of hope
From this: “The Lord has blessed the poor.”

5. Then, while I make my secret moan,
Upwards I cast my eyes, and see,
Though I have nothing of my own,
My treasure is immense in thee.

6. Still may I keep thy love in view,
Lean there, nor envy those that run:
Still trust to — not what I can do,
But what thyself hast for me done.

7. My treasure is thy precious blood,
Fix there my heart, and for the rest,
Under thy forming hands, my God,
Give me that frame which thou likest best.

Joseph Hart, Hymns Composed on Various Subjects, 1759, Hymn 111.

Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, when I hear thy children talk
Title: Blessed be ye poor
Author: Joseph Hart (1759)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1759
Copyright: Public Domain



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