The meek possess the earth's increase

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The meek possess the earth's increase;
they are the heirs of heaven;
true riches, with abundant peace,
to humble souls are given.

Their lips abhor unworthy speech,
to slander or defraud,
their ready tongues declare to each
what they have learned of God.

The law and gospel of the Lord
shall be their guard and guide;
led by the Spirit and the word,
their footsteps will not slide.


Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #17

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: The meek possess the earth's increase
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt. 2013)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Source: Psalm 37, 1st & 2nd Parts, alt.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2014
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 2014.



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