To us the voice of Wisdom cries

To us the voice of Wisdom cries

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 7 hymnals

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To us the voice of Wisdom cries,
Hearken, ye children, and be wise;
Better than gold the fruit I bear,
Rubies to me may not compare,

Happy the man who daily waits
To hear me, watching at my gates;
Wretched is he who scorns my voice,
Death and destruction are his choice.

To them that love me I am kind;
And those who seek me early find;
My Son, give me thine heart,--and learn
Wisdom from folly to discern.

The Lord possess'd me, ere of old,
His hand the firmament unroll'd;
Before He bade the mountains stand,
Or pour'd the ocean round the land.

Rejoicing then before his throne,
From everlasting I was known;
Rejoicing still, as in His sight,
With men on earth is my delight.

Mark, the beginning of my law,
--Fear ye the Lord with sacred awe;
Mark the fulfilment of the whole,
Love ye the Lord with all your soul.

We hear, we learn; may we obey;
Jesus, the life, the truth, the way,
Wisdom and righteousness, we see,
Grace and salvation all in Thee.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: To us the voice of Wisdom cries
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English


To us the voice of wisdom cries. J. Montgomery. [Invitation of Wisdom.] Appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 1819, No. 147, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "The voice of Wisdom." In 1825, on its republication in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, No. 501, it was partly rewritten, and given in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, the title being also changed to "The Invitation of Wisdom." This latter text and title were repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 29. It is the text in common use.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)