Words: Isaac Watts
As the 113th Psalm 888.888 (AAC BBC)
The blessings of the liberal man. 1 That man is blessed who stands in awe Of God, and loves his sacred law: His seed on earth shall be renowned; His house the seat of wealth shall be, An inexhausted treasury, And with successive honors crowned. 2 His lib'ral favors he extends, To some he gives, to others lends; A gen'rous pity fills his mind: Yet what his charity impairs, He saves by prudence in affairs And thus he's just to all mankind. 3 His hands, while they his alms bestowed, His glory's future harvest sowed; The sweet remembrance of the just, Like a green root, revives and bears A train of blessings for his heirs, When dying nature sleeps in dust. 4 Beset with threat'ning dangers round, Unmoved shall he maintain his ground His conscience holds his courage up: The soul that's filled with virtue's light, Shines brightest in affliction's night, And sees in darkness beams of hope. PAUSE. 5 Ill tidings never can surprise His heart that fixed on God relies, Though waves and tempests roar around: Safe on the rock he sits, and sees The shipwreck of his enemies, And all their hope and glory drowned. 6 The wicked shall his triumph see, And gnash their teeth in agony, To find their expectations crossed; They and their envy, pride, and spite, Sink down to everlasting night, And all their names in darkness lost. The blessings of the pious and charitable. 1 Thrice happy man who fears the Lord, Loves his commands, and trusts his word; Honor and peace his days attend, And blessings to his seed descend. 2 Compassion dwells upon his mind, To works of mercy still inclined; He lends the poor some present aid, Or gives them, not to be repaid. 3 When times grow dark, and tidings spread That fill his neighbors round with dread, His heart is armed against the fear, For God with all his power is there. 4 His soul, well fixed upon the Lord, Draws heav'nly courage from his word; Amidst the darkness light shall rise, To cheer his heart and bless his eyes. 5 He hath dispersed his alms abroad; His works are still before his God; His name on earth shall long remain, While envious sinners fret in vain. Liberality rewarded. 1 Happy is he that fears the Lord, And follows his commands; Who lends the poor without reward, Or gives with lib'ral hands. 2 As pity dwells within his breast To all the sons of need; So God shall answer his request With blessings on his seed. 3 No evil tidings shall surprise His well established mind; His soul to God his refuge flies, And leaves his fears behind. 4 In times of general distress Some beams of light shall shine, To show the world his righteousness, And give him peace divine. 5 His works of piety and love Remain before the Lord; Honor on earth and joys above Shall be his sure reward.