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.
|First Line:||How happy are all they who hear|
|Topic:||The Church Celebrates: Family, Friendship, and Marriage; Stages of Life; Wisdom|
|Source:||Scottish Paraphrases, 1781, Paraphrase 11, alt.|
|Name:||ST. STEPHEN (NEWINGTON)|
|Composer:||William Jones (1726-1800)|