Author of the Lyrics
The author of the elevating
words of the "O Happy is the Man " lyrics, Michael Bruce (March 27, 174-July 5, 1767),
was born in Kinnesswood, Kinrossshire, Scotland and
achieved fame as a poet, singing teacher and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "O Happy is the Man ", Alexander Robert Reinagle (23 April 1756-21 September 1809),
was born in Portsmouth, England and
became famous as a composer, Church organist, and theater musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: O Happy is the Man
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Michael Bruce (March 27, 174
to July 5, 1767)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Alexander Robert Reinagle (23 April 1756 to
21 September 1809)
Hymn Category: Children Songs
First Line of Hymn: "O happy is the man who hears Instruction's warning voice"
First Publication Date:
O Happy is the Man Lyrics
O happy is the man who hears
Instruction's warning voice;
And who celestial Wisdom makes
His early, only choice.
For she has treasures greater far
Than east or west unfold;
And her rewards more precious are
Than all their stores of gold.
In her right hand she holds to view
A length of happy days;
Riches with splendid honors joined
Are what her left displays.
She guides the young with innocence,
In pleasure's paths to tread,
A crown of glory she bestows
Upon the hoary head.
According as her labors rise,
So her rewards increase;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.