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: collected into English metre #CXII

Author: William Kethe

Kethe, William, is said by Thomas Warton in his History of English Poetry, and by John Strype in his Annals of the Reformation, to have been a Scotsman. Where he was born, or whether he held any preferment in England in the time of Edward VI., we have been unable to discover. In the Brieff discours off the troubles begonne at Franckford, 1575, he is mentioned as in exile at Frankfurt in 1555, at Geneva in 1557; as being sent on a mission to the exiles in Basel, Strassburg, &c, in 1558; and as returning with their answers to Geneva in 1559. Whether he was one of those left behind in 1559 to "finishe the bible, and the psalmes bothe in meeter and prose," does not appear. The Discours further mentions him as being with the Earl of Warwick and… 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