Happy the Man

Man with arms outstretched into the sunset - 1 Happy the man who wanders with the Lord. Happy the man who know s how to live, Happy the man who never seeks reward, Giving because he loves to give. 2 He seeks no gold, He wants no gain, He knows those things are all in vain. He needs no praise nor honour too, His only motto, to your own self be true. 3 Happy the man who learned how to pray, Happy the man who has a burning goal, Happy the man whose service needs no pay. This man has found his own soul, Happy the man, happy the man of the Lord.
This hymn about happiness and right-living was written by South African born lay Franciscan Sebastian Temple (1928-1997).

It was the title-track of an LP released by Franciscan Communications in 1967 (ref). A music-book for this was published by GIA Publications, and this is still available from Sheet Music Plus (link below).

It has been included in a number of other books also, including:

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Temple.  This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of C, the first few notes are E E G C_ C DEFD E-D, with accompanying chords C / Am / Dm / G7.



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Examples


Solo singer with backing (possibly the original recording):



Modern choir with praise band:



Solo singer, self-accompanied on guitar:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
Happy the man who wanders with the Lord.
Happy the man who know s how to live,
Happy the man who never seeks reward,
Giving because he loves to give.

He seeks no gold, He wants no gain,
He knows those things are all in vain.
He needs no praise nor honour too,
His only motto, “to your own self be true.”

Happy the man who learned how to pray,
Happy the man who has a burning goal,
Happy the man whose service needs no pay.
This man has found his own soul,
Happy the man, happy the man of the Lord.


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