367Proverbs 3:13-18LM
HAPPY the man who finds the grace,
   The blessing of God’s chosen race,
The wisdom coming from above,
The faith that sweetly works by love.
2  Happy beyond description he
Who knows: The Saviour died for me!
The gift unspeakable obtains,
And heavenly understanding gains.
3  Wisdom divine! who tells the price
Of wisdom’s costly merchandise?
Wisdom to silver we prefer
And gold is dross compared to her.
4  Her hands are filled with length of days,
True riches, and immortal praise,
Riches of Christ, on all bestowed,
And honour that descends from God.
5  To purest joys she all invites,
Chaste, holy, spiritual delights;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are life and peace.
6  Happy the man who wisdom gains,
Thrice happy who his guest retains;
He owns, and shall for ever own:
Wisdom, and Christ, and Heaven are one.
Charles Wesley, 1707-88