"The Man Is Ever Blest"
by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.297-298
1. The man is ever blest
Who shuns the sinners' ways,
Among their counsels never stands,
Nor takes the scorners' place.
2. But makes the Law of God
His study and delight
Amid the labors of the day
And watches of the night.
3. He like a tree shall thrive,
With waters near the root;
Fresh as the leaf his name shall live,
His works are heavenly fruit.
4. Not so the ungodly race,
They no such blessings find;
Their hopes shall flee like empty chaff
Before the driving wind.
5. How shall they bear to stand
Before that judgment-seat
Where all the saints at Christ's right hand
In full assembly meet?
6. He knows, and He approves,
The way the righteous go;
But sinners and their works shall meet
A dreadful overflow.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Ps. 1
Author: Isaac Watts, 1719
Tune: "St. Michael"
1st Published in: _Genevan Psalter_, 1551