This poem is based on the Bible (Matthew 5:1-10). This part of the Bible is called the Beatitudes.
Jesus, seeing the crowds gathering around,
Went up the mountain and sat on the ground.
Then all of his disciples came to him,
And he opened his mouth to teach them:
Blessed are those who don’t have pride’s leaven,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who grief behold,
For they will surely be consoled.
Blessed are the gentle of heart;
For them the earth is set apart.
Blessed are those who hunger for righteousness,
For they will be satisfied with nothing less.
Blessed are those who offer reprieve,
For they themselves will mercy receive.
Blessed are those whose hearts are pure,
For they will see God for sure.
Blessed are the peacemaking ones,
For they will be called God’s sons.
Blessed are those who suffer for doing what’s right,
For they will see the kingdom of heaven’s light.