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Beatus vir qui timet Dominum: In mandates ejus volet nimis.
Potens in terra erit semen ejus Benedicetur generatio rectorum,
Gloria et divitiae in domo ejus: et justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.
Exortum est in tenebris lumen rectis misericors, miserator et justus.
Jucundus homo qui miseretur et commodat, disponet sermones suos in judicio:
quia in aeternum non commovebitur.
In memoria aeterna, ab auditione mala non timebit.
Paratum cor ejus confirmatum est, non commovebitur donec despiciat inimicos suos
Dispersit dedit pauperibus, justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi cornu ejus exaltabitur in gloria.
Peccator videbit, et irascetur dentibus suis, fremet et tabescet: desiderium peccatorum peribit.
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord He hath great delight in his commandments
His seed shall be mighty upon earth the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house and his righteousness endureth forever
Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness: he is merciful, loving and righteous
A good man is merciful and lendeth and will guide his words with discretion
For he shall never be moved: and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings for his heart standeth fast and believeth in the Lord.
His heart is established, and will not shrink until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed abroad and given to the poor: and his righteousness remaineth forever;
his horn shall be exalted with honour
The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him, he shall gnash with his teeth and consume away the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
Listen to the setting of Psalm 112 by Claudio Monteverdi from Selva Morale e spirituale (1640) here in a performance by the New Trinity Baroque Players:
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”