Blest are the pure in heart, For they shall see our GodAuthor (sts. 1, 3): John Keble (1819)
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1 Blest are the pure in heart,
for they shall see our God;
the secret of the Lord is theirs,
their soul is Christ's abode.
2 The Lord, who left the heavens
our life and peace to bring,
to dwell in lowliness with men,
their pattern and their King;
3 Still to the lowly soul
he doth himself impart,
and for his dwelling and his throne
chooseth the pure in heart.
4 Lord, we thy presence seek;
may ours this blessing be;
give us a pure and lowly heart,
a temple meet for thee.
Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #602
|First Line:||Blest are the pure in heart, For they shall see our God|
|Title:||Blest are the pure in heart|
|Author (sts. 1, 3):||John Keble (1819)|
|Source:||Mitre Hymn Book (1836), sts. 2, 4 added|
Bless'd are the pure in heart. J. Keble. [Purification.] This poem, in 17 stanzas of 4 lines, is dated "Oct. 10, 1819." It was first published in his Christian Year, 1827. As a whole it is not in common use. The following centos; some of which are found in numerous collections, have been compiled therefrom:—
1. In J. Bickersteth's Psalms & Hymns, 1832, No. 449, we have stanzas i. and xvii. This was repeated in Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, No. 258, as "Blest are the pure," &c. Although it has fallen out of use in Great Britain, it is still given in a few American collections, as the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849; The Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880.
2. In his Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, W. J. Hall published a cento, as No. 249, which was composed of two stanzas from this poem, and two that were new. By whom this cento was arranged, by Hall, or his collaborator, E. Osier, is not known, as the H. MSS. simply say "Keble."
In Murray's Hymnal, 1852, No. 122, this cento was repeated with slight alterations, and the addition of a doxology. This text, sometimes with, and again without a doxology, has been adopted by most of the leading hymnals in Great Britain, and a few in America, including Hymns Ancient & Modern; the Hymnary; Church Hymns; the H. Companion; Thring; the Baptist Hymnal; the American Sabbath Hymn Book, N. Y., 1858, and others. In a note to this cento, No. 141, in the 1st edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Mr. Biggs, in his Annotated Hymns Ancient & Modern, quotes these words from Keble: "Hymn No. 141 is materially altered; not, however, without asking the writer's leave, Rev. J. Keble." Whether this leave was given to Hall, in the first instance, in 1836, or to Mr. Murray on adopting Hall's text in 1852, cannot now be determined.
3. In several American collections, Hall's cento is repeated with the omission of stanza ii. These include Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865.
4. In the Hymns for Christian Seasons, Gainsburgh, 2nd edition, 1854, the cento is, stanzas i.-iv. are Keble's stanzas i., xii., xiv. and xvii. very much altered, and v. Hall, stanza iv.
5. In Alford's Year of Praise, 1867, No. 251, the cento is Keble, stanzas i., ii., iii., xv., and xvii.
6. In Nicholson's Appendix Hymnal, 1866, stanzas iv., viii.-x. are given as No. 19, beginning, "Give ear, ye kings, bow down."
In addition to these, other arrangements are sometimes found, but are not of sufficient importance to be enumerated.
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 23 of 23)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #602||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble (1792-1866)||SM||Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 5:8||2013||All Saints' (Sun)day | Year A; Humility | ; Jesus | life and ministry; Other Saints and Festivals | Matthias the Apostle; Proper 17 | Year B; Purity of Heart | ; The Fourth Sunday before Lent | Year C|
|Catholic Book of Worship III #471||Blest Are the Pure in Heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||J. Keble, 1792-1866; W. J. Hall, 1793-1861||Matthew 5:3-16||1994||God's Presence | ; Humility | ; Order of Christian Funerals | Vigils - Hymns; Saints ||
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #630||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||2000|
|Common Praise (1998) #439||Blest Are the Pure in Heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble (1792-1866)||SM||Exodus 40:16-38; Psalm 1; Psalm 15; Psalm 24; Proverbs 2:1-15; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 5:1-12; Mark 7:1-8; Mark 7:14-15; Mark 7:21-23; Luke 10:25-37; Luke 10:38-42; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Philippians 4:1-9; 1 John 3:18-24||1998||Call and Vocation | ; Christian Character |||st. 2-3, <I>Mitre Hymn Book</i>, 1836, alt.|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #391||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble, 1792-1866||SM||1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 5:8; Psalm 25:14||2000||Fifth Sunday Before Lent | Year A; Fourth Sunday Before Lent | Year C; Proper 21 | Year C|
|Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #78||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #58||Blessed are the pure in heart||Blessed are the pure in heart||Irr||2000|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #656||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble, 1792-1866; William John Hall, 1793-1861||SM||1985|
|Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #238||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||SM||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #724||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble||1983|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #110||Blessed are the pure in heart||Blessed are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||J. Keble (1792-1866); W. J. Hall (1793-1861)||6 6 8 6 (SM)||Matthew 5:8||1987||God, Saviour | Growing, Teaching, Serving; Epiphany 4, Revelation | The New Temple; Christ the Teacher | ; Lent 4, The King and the Kingdom | Transfiguration; Pentecost 5 | The New Law; Pentecost 10 | The Mind of Christ|
|Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #79||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||2008||Various authors|
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #63||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||SM||1996|
|Rejoice in the Lord #234||Bless'd Are the Pure in Heart||Bless'd are the pure in heart||FIFTH TUNE||John Keble||SMD||1985||Biblical Characters | Anna; Jesus Christ | Epiphany and Youth|
|Rejoice in the Lord #236||Blest Are the Pure in Heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||SM||Matthew 5:8; Luke 2:21-37||1985||Jesus Christ | Epiphany and Youth||<i>Mitre Hymn Book </i>(1836); based on John Keble|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #372||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||SM||1999|
|Singing the Faith #244||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble, 1792-1866; William John Hall||SM||1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Peter 2:21; Isaiah 57:15; John 6:38; John 13:14-15; John 14:23; Luke 19:28-40; Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 5:8; Matthew 11:29; Matthew 24:36-44; Philippians 2:6-8; Psalm 13:6; Psalm 15; Psalm 51:10||2011||The Ministry of Jesus Christ ||
|Small Church Music #588||Franconia||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||18.104.22.168|
|Small Church Music #3224||Egham||Blest are the pure in heart||EGHAM||John Keble||22.214.171.124|
|The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns) #33||Blest are the pure in heart, For they shall see our God||Blest are the pure in heart, For they shall see our God||2006|
|The Cyber Hymnal #537||Blest Are the Pure in Heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA (König)||John Keble||SM||stanzas 2 & 4, <cite>Mitre Hymn Book</cite>, 1836, alt.|
|The New English Hymnal #341||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble, 1792-1866||SM||1986|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #448||Blest are the pure in heart||Blest are the pure in heart||FRANCONIA||John Keble, 1792-1866||66.86||1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Luke 14:7-14; Matthew 5:3-10; Philippians 2:5-8; Psalm 4||1999||All Saints and All Souls | ; Blessing | ; Humility | ; Jesus Christ | Earthly life; People of God | ; Personal Petition | ; Personal Response to Jesus | ; Purity | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | Any Saint; Saints Days and Holy Days | St Matthew; Sincerity ||