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Hark, 'tis the voice of wisdom cries

Hark, 'tis the voice of wisdom cries

Author: John Barnard
Published in 1 hymnal

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Hark, 'tis the voice of wisdom cries,
In every public place;
To you, O sons of men, I call,
Come, taste my heavenly grace.
Silver, and gold, and precious stones;
And all thou canst desire,
Bear no proportion to the gifts
My votaries acquire.

Ere earth, and seas, and heavens wide arch,
Their being did receive,
I, with the Lord, his chief delight,
From everlasting live.
The habitable earth, with joy,
Appeared in my sight:
I then beheld the sons of men,
And in them took delight.

Come then, ye children, hear my voice;
Be wise, and keep my ways:
He's blessed that hears, and at my gates,
There daily watching, stays.
Who finds me, wins immortal life,
And with the Lord finds grace;
But he that sins, wrongs his own soul;
Who hate me, death embrace.

A New Version of the Psalms of David, 1752

Author: John Barnard

John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89. A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark, 'tis the voice of wisdom cries
Author: John Barnard
Place of Origin: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Language: English