|O HAPPY is the man who hears
Instuction’s warning voice!
And who celestial wisdom makes
His early, only choice.
|2||For she has treasures greater far,
Than east or west unfold;
And her rewards more precious are,
Than all the stores of gold.
|3||In her right hand she holds to view
A length of happy days,
Riches of soul, with honours joined
Are what her left displays.
|4||She guides the young with light and grace
The heavenly path to tread;
A crown of glory she bestows
Upon the agèd head.
|5||According as her labours rise,
So her rewards increase:
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
|Michael Bruce, 1746-67‡|