The Beatitudes (Blessed are the poor in spirit) - Kearney

This folk-style hymn is based on  Matthew 5: 3-12 (The Beatitudes).

It was written in 1966 by Australian Roman Catholic Peter Kearney (b 1947), when he was a nineteen year old student at the the Sydney University in Australia, with the encouragement of chaplain Fr. Ted Kennedy.   It was included in "Songs of Brotherhood" a music book of Kearney's songs which was released by J. Albert & Son, Sydney in 1967 (ref), and in his later collection "Where is Your Song my Lord".

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Kearney. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of G, the first few notes of the melody are G GG_ F E EE_.  It is unusual in that the tune has A and B parts, but neither of them is a chorus:  the overall structure of the song is ABABA.


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Singer with organ:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is ....

2  Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice ...

3  Blessed are they that mourn ...

4  Blessed are you .... .

5  Blessed are the merciful ...

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Blessed are the poor in spirit
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are the gentle
for they shall possess the land.

Blessed are they
that hunger and thirst after justice.
Blessed are they
that suffer gladly for justice sake.

Blessed are they that mourn
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the pure in heart
for they shall see God.

Blessed are you
when they revile and harm you
And speak all evil
against you untruly for my sake.

Blessed are the merciful
for mercy they will find.
Blessed are the peacemakers
for they shall be called God’s children.

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