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
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)
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|A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #918||To us the voice of wisdom cries||James Mongtomery||1839|
|A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #646||To us the voice of wisdom cries||James Mongtomery||1831|
|Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #684||To us the voice of wisdom cries||1838|
|Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #684||To us the voice of wisdom cries||James Mongtomery||1842|
|Manual of Devotion: or religious exercises for the morning and evening of each day of the month, for the use of schools and private families #47||To us the voice of wisdom cries||James Mongtomery||1855|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #29||To us the voice of Wisdom cries||To us the voice of Wisdom cries||James Montgomery||126.96.36.199||Proverbs 8||1854|
|The Chorister, and School Harmonist, 1st ed. #d136||To us the voice of wisdom cries||James Mongtomery||1852|