The man is blest (Thomas Morley)

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Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 2001-05-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 18 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scroll down to Morley: The Man is Blest (Psalm 1).

General Information

Title: The man is blest
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1621 in The Whole Booke of Psalmes (Thomas Ravenscroft), no. 14

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Original text and translations

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1. The man is blest that hath not bent,
to wicked rede his eare:
nor led his life as sinners doe,
nor sate in scorners chaire:
But in the law of God the Lord
doth set his whole delight:
and in that law doth exercise
himselfe both day and night.

2. He shall be like the tree that growes
fast by the riuers side,
Which bringeth forth most pleasant fruit
in her due time and tide.

3. Whose leafe shall neuer fade nor fall
but flourish still and stand:
Euen so all things shall prosper well
that this man takes in hand.

4. So shall not the vngodly men,
they shall be nothing so:
But as the dust which from the earth
the windes driue too and fro.

5. Therefore shall not the wicked men
in iudgement stand vpright:
Nor yet the sinners with the iust
shall come in place or sight.

6. For why? the way of Godly men
vnto the Lord is knowne,
and eke the way of wicked men
shall quite be ouerthrowne.