[Page 54]



1 BLEST is the Man, whose cautious Feet
2 Shun the broad Path which Sinners chuse,
3 Who hates the House where Atheists meet,
4 And dreads the Words that Scoffers use.
[Page 55]
5 He loves t' employ his Morning Light
6 Reading the Statutes of the Lord,
7 And spends the wakeful Hours of Night
8 With Pleasure pond'ring o're the Word.
9 He like a Plant by gentle Streams
10 Shall Flourish in Immortal Green;
11 And Heav'n will shine with Kindest Beams
12 On every Work his Hands begin.
13 But Sinners find their Counsels cross'd:
14 As Chaff before the Tempest flies,
15 So shall their Hopes be blown and lost
16 When the last Trumpet shakes the Skies.
17 In vain the Rebel crouds to stand
18 In Judgment with the Pious Race;
19 The dreadful Judge with Stern Command
20 Divides him to a different Place.
[Page 56]
21 "Strait is the Way my Saints have trod,
22 " I blest the Path and drew it plain:
23 "But you would chuse the crooked Road,
24 " And it leads down t' Eternal Pain.


  • TEI/XML [chunk] (XML - 53K / ZIP - 6.1K) / ECPA schema (RNC - 357K / ZIP - 73K)
  • Plain text [excluding paratexts] (TXT - 1.0K / ZIP - 763 )

Facsimile (Source Edition)

(Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)



All Images (PDF - 1.1M)

About this text

Title (in Source Edition): THE HAPPY SAINT AND Cursed Sinner. PSALM I.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: hymn

Text view / Document view

Source edition

Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 54-56. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

Editorial principles

The text has been typographically modernized, but without any silent modernization of spelling, capitalization, or punctuation. The source of the text is given and all editorial interventions have been recorded in textual notes. Based on the electronic text originally produced by the TCP project, this ECPA text has been edited to conform to the recommendations found in Level 5 of the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries version 4.0.0.

Other works by Isaac Watts