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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:
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Many comedians consider stand-up the purest form of comedy; Doug Stanhope considers it the freest. “Once you do stand-up, it spoils you for everything else,” he says. “You’re the director, performer, and producer.” Unlike most of his peers, however, Stanhope has designed his career around exploring that freedom, which means choosing a life on the road. Perhaps this is why, although he is extremely ambitious, prolific, and one of the best stand-ups performing, so many Americans haven’t heard of him. Many comedians approach the road as a means to an end: a way to develop their skills, start booking bigger venues, and, if they’re lucky, get themselves airlifted to Hollywood. But life isn’t happening on a sit-com set or a sketch show — at least not the life that has interested Stanhope. He isn’t waiting to be invited to the party; indeed, he’s been hosting his own party for years.
Because of the present comedy boom, civilians are starting to hear about Doug Stanhope from other comedians like Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman, and Louis CK. But Stanhope has been building a devoted fan base for the past two decades, largely by word of mouth. On tour, he prefers the unencumbered arrival and the quick exit: cheap motels where you can pull the van up to the door of the room and park. He’s especially pleased if there’s an on-site bar, which increases the odds of hearing a good story from the sort of person who tends to drink away the afternoon in the depressed cities where he performs. Stanhope’s America isn’t the one still yammering on about its potential or struggling with losing hope. For the most part, hope is gone. On Word of Mouth, his 2002 album, he says, “America may be the best country, but that’s like being the prettiest Denny’s waitress. Just because you’re the best doesn’t make you good.”
Ratio of husbands who say they fell in love with their spouse at first sight to wives who say this:
Mathematicians announced the discovery of the perfect method of cutting a cake.
Indian prime-ministerial contender Narendra Modi, who advertises his bachelorhood as a mark of his incorruptibility, confessed to having a wife.
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