Beatus vir

The man is blest that God doth feare

Author: William Kethe
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 The man is blest that God doth fear,
and that his law doth love indeed;
His seed on earth God will uprear,
and bless such as from him proceed;
His house with riches he will fill,
his righteousness endure shall still.

2 Unto the righteous doth arise
in trouble joy, in darkness light:
Compassion great is in his eyes,
and mercy always in his sight.
Yea, pity moveth him to lend,
he doth with judgment things expend,

3 And surely he shall never fail,
for in remembrance had is he;
Nor tidings ill his mind assail,
who in the Lord sure hope doth see;
His heart is firm, his fear is past,
for he shall see his foes down cast,

4 He did well for the poor provide,
his righteousness doth still remain;
And his estate with praise abide,
which wicked men behold with pain;
Yea, gnash their teeth thereat shall they,
and so consume and melt away.

Source: The Whole Book of Psalms #CXII

Author: William Kethe

William Kethe (b. Scotland [?], d. Dorset England, c. 1594). Although both the time and place of Kethe's birth and death are unknown, scholars think he was a Scotsman. A Protestant, he fled to the continent during Queen Mary's persecution in the late 1550s. He lived in Geneva for some time but traveled to Basel and Strasbourg to maintain contact with other English refugees. Kethe is thought to be one of the scholars who translated and published the English-language Geneva Bible (1560), a version favored over the King James Bible by the Pilgrim fathers. The twenty-five psalm versifications Kethe prepared for the Anglo-Genevan Psalter of 1561 were also adopted into the Scottish Psalter of 1565. His versification of Psalm 100 (All People that… Go to person page >

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First Line: The man is blest that God doth feare
Title: Beatus vir
Author: William Kethe
Language: English

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