686. How happy are all they who hear

1 How happy are all they who hear
true Wisdom's guiding voice;
and who her understanding make
their early, only choice.

2 For she has treasures greater far
than east or west unfold;
and her rewards more precious are
than all their stores of gold.

3 In her right hand she holds to view
a length of happy days;
and riches with great honours joined
are what her left displays.

4 She guides the young with innocence,
in pleasure's paths to tread;
a crown of glory she bestows
upon the hoary head.

5 According as her labours rise,
so her rewards increase;
her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.

Text Information
First Line: How happy are all they who hear
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: CM
Topic: The Church Celebrates: Family, Friendship, and Marriage; Stages of Life; Wisdom
Source: Scottish Paraphrases, 1781, Paraphrase 11, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: William Jones (1726-1800)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major

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