Happy is the Man

This is a folk-style hymn about discipleship, loosely based on the Beatitudes

It was written by American social justice advocate and at-one-time Roman Catholic seminarian, Ray Repp (1942-2020). 

The original title was Sing Hosanna Hallelujah - which was unfortunately the same as the title of a Christmas song released by the New Christy Minstrels just a few years earlier.

The song was included in the Hymnal for Young Christians, Volume 2 published by FEL publications in 1966.   It was included on an album "Come Alive with Ray Repp - Contemporary Ecumenical Folk Songs" released under the FEL label in 1967 (ref).  No further publications have been found.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Repp.  This has a NN time signature.  In the key of A, the first few notes of the melody are AAAA G G FGF E_


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Lyrics

Chorus:
Happy is the man who walks in the way
Of the Lord our God and King.
Blessed is he and happy are they who put their trust in him!
Sing hosanna, alleluia.

Blessed are they who know that they are poor
The kingdom of God is close at hand.
And blessed are the sorrowful who know not where to go
Soon someone will understand.

Blessed are the gentle of spirit and of heart
For all the good of earth is theirs.
And for those that hunger and thirst for what is right,
Soon they'll have enough to share.

Blessed are the men who strive to spread the peace,
The peace that begins right here at home.
And soon all men who suffer to show us what is right
Will find that they are not alone.

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Chorus:
Happy is the man who walks in the way
Of the Lord our God and King.
Blessed is he and happy are they who put their trust in him!
Sing hosanna, alleluia.

Blessed are they who know that they are poor
The kingdom of God is close at hand.
And blessed are the sorrowful who know not where to go
Soon someone will understand.

Blessed are the gentle of spirit and of heart
For all the good of earth is theirs.
And for those that hunger and thirst for what is right,
Soon they'll have enough to share.

Blessed are the men who strive to spread the peace,
The peace that begins right here at home.
And soon all men who suffer to show us what is right
Will find that they are not alone.

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