Wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.@Proverbs 8:11

Deborah Blossom, in Songs for the Year, by John Hyatt Brewer & Frederic Reddall (New York: Maynard, Merrill & Company, 1894), page 19. This hymn would be well suited for use at a school, or in a church’s Christian education department.

Suyapa William C. Carl (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William C. Carl (1865-1936)

Oh wisdom, precious wisdom,
We sing in praise of thee;
Thy ways are surely pleasant,
Thy works we wondering see.
There’s pleasure in the seeking,
And those who seek may find,
Within thy halls of learning
A cultivated mind.

To Thee, the God of wisdom,
Let grateful praise abound,
For now within our churches,
Fair learning’s court is found.
And he who longs for knowledge,
That He may work for Thee,
Can find in school and college
An education free.

The power of mind is mighty
If it be used aright,
And Christian education
Can best bestow this might.
So let us gain the scepter
And throne of true success
That waits for those who’re worthy
Its honors to possess.