206. Blest Are the Contrite Hearts

Text Information
First Line: Blest are the contrite hearts
Title: Blest Are the Contrite Hearts
Versifier: Calvin Seerveld (1984)
Meter: SM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture: ;
Topic: Comfort & Encouragement; Covenant; Humility (3 more...)
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Samuel S. Wesley (1872)
Meter: SM
Key: e minor
Source: J. Chetham's A Book of Psalmody, 1718

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Matt. 5:3-4
st. 2 = Matt. 5:5-6
st. 3 = Matt. 5:7-8
st. 4 = Matt. 5:9-10
st. 5 = Matt. 5:11-12
st. 6 = Matt. 5:13-16
st. 7 = Matt. 5:16

With the tune WIRKSWORTH in mind, Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) prepared this unrhymed versification of Matthew 5:3-16 in 1984 for the Psalter Hymnal. The passage includes the well-known Beatitudes (vv. 3-12; st. 1-5), which recount the blessings of the righteous and the "salt and light" metaphors (vv. 13-16; st. 6-7), which call the righteous to show their faith so that others may praise the Lord.

Liturgical Use:
Worship services focusing on the kingdom of God, the Sermon on the Mount–or, more specifically, the Beatitudes (st. 1-5) or the "salt and light" passage (st. 6-7).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

WIRKSWORTH was first published in John Chetham's collection A Book of Psalmody (1718) and gained its present shape in James Green's Book of Psalm TunesEuropean Psalmist (1872). A grandson of Charles Wesley (PHH 267), Samuel Sebastian was a chorister at the Chapel Royal and sang in St. Paul's Cathedral. He learned composition and organ from his father, Samuel (PHH 1), completed a doctorate in music at Oxford, and composed for piano, organ, and choir. He was organist at Exeter Cathedral (1835-1842), Leeds Parish Church (1842¬1849), Winchester Cathedral (1849-1865), and Gloucester Cathedral (1865-1876). Wesley strove to improve the standards of church music and the status of church musicians; his observations and plans for reform were published as A Few Words on Cathedral Music and the Music System of the Church (1849). He was the musical editor of Charles Kemble's A Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1864) and of the Wellburn Appendix of Original Hymns and Tunes (1875) but is best known as the compiler of The European Psalmist (1872), in which some 130 of the 733 hymn tunes were written by him.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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