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906. A Song of Pilgrimage (Priusquam errarem): Canticle B (metrical paraphrase)

1 Even when young, I prayed for wisdom’s grace;
In temple courts I sought her day and night,
And I will seek her to the very end;
she is my heart’s delight.

2 My foot has firmly walked the path of truth;
With diligence, I followed her design.
My ear was open to receive her words;
Now wisdom’s skill is mine.

3 Glory to one who gives me wisdom’s prize;
I vowed to live according to her way.
She gave me courage from the very start;
She will not let me stray.

4 Something within my being has been stirred;
My seeking brought a gift beyond compare:
The gift of language loosed my halting tongue;
God’s praise is now my prayer.

Text Information
First Line: Even when young, I prayed for wisdom's grace
Title: A Song of Pilgrimage (Priusquam errarem): Canticle B (metrical paraphrase)
Author: Patricia B. Clark (b. 1938)
Publication Date: 1997
Scripture: Sirach 51:13-22
Topic: Service Music: Canticles
Language: English
Copyright: © 1995 Patricia B. Clark
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas Pavlechko (b. 1962)
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1996 Thomas Pavlechko