(Poem #314) The Sermon on the Mount
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 3 to 9. As I've mentioned before, the Bible contains some of the most beautiful verse in existence, bar none. But what I like most is the utter perfection with which form is melded with content - the words are simplicity itself; and in their simplicity lies their power. The Sermon on the Mount itself is one the great ethical treatises of humankind. Its message of love and faith transcends all boundaries of time and space, and it's beautiful in many very different ways. thomas. [Minstrels Links] The Book of Job isn't very widely-read, but it does have some lovely verse. You can read extracts from it at poem #40 The King James Bible is easily the richest single source of phrases in the English language, putting even Shakespeare in the shade . For example, the utterly perfect Psalm 23: poem #218 I wrote a short essay on the power of great literature to transform the language; you can read it (along with the verse it accompanies, from Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus) at poem #75