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They that be wise

O list to the voice of the prophet of old

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [O list to the voice of the prophet of old]
Published in 5 hymnals

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1. O list to the voice of the prophet of old,
Proclaiming in language divine,
The wonderful, wonderful message of truth,
That they that be wise shall shine.

They shall shine as bright as the stars,
In the firmament jeweled with light;
And they that turn many to righteousness
As the stars forever bright.

2. Tho’ rugged the path where our duty may lead,
O! why should we ever repine?
When faithful and true is the promise to all
That they that be wise shall shine. [Refrain]

3. The grandeur of wealth, and the temples of fame,
Where beauty and splendor combine,
Will perish, forgotten and crumble to dust,
But they that be wise shall shine. [Refrain]

4. Then let us go forth to the work yet to do,
With zeal that shall never decline,
Be strong in the Lord, and the promise believe,
That they that be wise shall shine. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6936

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Hope Tryaway, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Sout… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O list to the voice of the prophet of old
Title: They that be wise
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Refrain First Line: They shall shine as bright as the stars



The Cyber Hymnal #6936
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