Scripture Verse

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


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

Music: Su­ya­pa Will­iam C. Carl (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Blos­som (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

William C. Carl


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.