The Beatitutdes

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[3] Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. [5] Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

[3] “The poor in spirit”: That is, the humble; and they whose spirit is not set upon riches.

[6] Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. [7] Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. [8] Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. [10] Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [11] Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: [12] Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. – Matthew 5:3-12
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The Eight Beatitudes
Fr. Jeremiah Cummings Williams, 1824-1866 Orlando Gibbons, 1583-1625
1. Blessed the poor in spirit, they are heirs
To wealth untold, for heaven itself is theirs.
2. Blessed the meek, for without strife their hand
Shall be victorious, and possess the land.
3. Blessed are they that mourn, for God one day
Will comfort them, and wipe their tears away.
4. Blessed who hunger and who thirst, unskilled
in wiles, for justice, for they shall be filled.
5. Blessed the merciful, for they’ll obtain
The mercy which they grant their fellowmen.
6. Blessed the clean of heart, for they shall see
The Lord in all his cloudless purity.
7. Blessed are the peace-makers kind and mild
Children of God they shall be justly styled.
8. Blessed are they that suffer in the right,
For heaven’s kingdom shall their cares requite.

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