Blessed Are the Humble Souls That See

This hymn was written by prolific hymn writer Isaac Watts, and appeared in his Hymns & Sacred Songs book is 1709. Watts preached his first sermon when he was twenty-four years old, and in 1702 was ordained pastor of the eminent Independent congregation in Mark Lane, over which Dr. John Owen had once presided. His learning and piety, gentleness and largeness of heart have earned him the title of the ‘Melanchthon’ of his day. His published hymns numbering more than eight hundred1. The hymn below originally has 8 stanzas, however the song version I have included has only the 3. Enjoy!

Blessed are the humble souls that see
their emptiness and poverty;
treasures of grace to them are giv’n,
and crowns of joy laid up in heav’n.

Blest are the men of broken heart,
who mourn for sin with inward smart;
the blood of Christ divinely flows,
a healing balm for all their woes.

Blessed are the souls that thirst for grace,
hunger and long for righteousness;
they shall be well supplied and fed,
with living streams and living bread.


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