Happy is he that fears the Lord

Happy is he that fears the Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
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Happy is he that fears the Lord,
And follows his commands;
Who lends the poor without reward,
Or gives with lib'ral hands.

As pity dwells within his breast
To all the sons of need;
So God shall answer his request
With blessings on his seed.

No evil tidings shall surprise
His well-established mind;
His soul to God his refuge flies,
And leaves his fears behind.

In times of general distress
Some beams of light shall shine,
To show the world his righteousness,
And give him peace divine.

His works of piety and love
Remain before the Lord;
Honor on earth and joys above
Shall be his sure reward.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #309

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Happy is he that fears the Lord
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


Happy is he that fears the Lord. I. Watts. [Psalms cxii.] Appeared in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Liberality Rewarded." It is in common use in Great Britain and America; and sometimes as, "Happy the man that fears the Lord," as in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 174.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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