The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

The Purification, or Candlemas Day
February 2.

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, Hymns For Children. A Third Series. (1854), Third Edition (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), #13, p. 18.
See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

1. Blessed are the pure in heart;
They have loved the better part:
When life’s journey they have trod,
They shall go to see their God.

2. Till in glory they appear,
They shall often see Him here:
And His Grace shall learn to know
In His glorious works below.

3. When the Sun begins to rise,
Spreading brightness through the skies,
They will love to praise and bless
Christ, the Sun of Righteousness.

4. In the watches of the night,
When the stars are clear and bright,
“ Thus the Just shall shine,” they say,
“ In the Resurrection-day."

5. When the leaves in autumn die,
Falling fast and silently,
“ These,” they think, “ that now seem dead,
Shall in spring lift up their head.”

6. God in everything they see:
First in all their thoughts is He :
They have loved the better part ;—
Blessed are the pure in heart!

7. Now to God the Father be
Wisdom, power, and majesty:
Equal glory to the Son,
And the Spirit, Three in One!


Also found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914), pp. 365-366, citing Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (KJV)

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