Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
 “The poor in spirit”: That is, the humble; and they whose spirit is not set upon riches.
 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.  Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:  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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|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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