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  • #2380

    Lynn Martin
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    This text is an attempt to set many of Scripture’s “Blessed are those” texts to music. I see this as sung to ST. CHRYSOSTOM (Barnby) (Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All).

    Some of the text feels wooden. Suggestions are welcome. I’m also considering a stanza on verses like “Blessed are those who keep his statutes.”

    Blessed are those whose way is peace;

    whose first desire is righteousness,

    those who show mercy like the Lord;

    when they are harmed, who only bless.

    Blessed are those whose hearts are pure;

    they will see God, whom they confess.

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    Blessed are those whose God is the Lord;

    those in whose hearts are Zion’s ways;

    those who are strong in God’s own strength;

    who walk beneath the light of God’s face;

    Blessed are those who dwell in his house;

    those who forever sing his praise.

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    Blessed are those who wash their robes,

    each whom the Lamb has called his guest;

    those who shall touch the tree of life;

    who have endured, and passed the test.

    Blessed are those who die in the Lord,

    after their deeds, they shall find rest.

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  • #2386

    Lynn Martin
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    Note: I found that the formatting works best if you use some kind of character between stanzas, as I did here.

  • #2443

    Perhaps “taste the tree of life”… an allusion to “taste and see that the Lord is good”

  • #2474

    Have you considered changing the meter to 8s and 7s or 8s and 6s instead of 8/8? It might flow better.

    For example:

    Blessed are those whose way is peace;

    Whose desire is righteousness.

    • #2498

      Lynn Martin
      Administrator

      Interesting idea, Rachel. I don’t know that I want to make that change, since I was aiming for a specific tune. But I should look at it further to see if it might smooth up the rhythm a bit.

  • #2476

    8Blessed are those whose paths are peace;

    7Whose desire is righteousness.

    8Those who show mercy, as their Lord;

    7Those when harmed; who only bless.

    8Blessed are those whose hearts are pure;

    7They shall see Him they confess.

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    8Blessed those who’s hope is the Lord;

    7In whose hearts are Zion’s ways.

    8Those who are strong in God’s own strength

    7Walk in the light of His face.

    8Blessed those who dwell in His house;

    7Whose song is filled with His praise.

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    8Blessed are those whose robes are white

    7Whom th’ Lamb calls as His guest;

    8Those who eat of the Tree of Life;

    7All those who have stood the test.

    8Blessed those who die in the Lord,

    7In Him they shall find their rest.

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