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Ere God had built the mountains - Wisdom
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Wisdom.

Proverbs 8,22-31.

1. Ere God had built the mountains,
  or raised the fruitful hills;
before he filled the fountains
  that feed the running rills;
in me, from everlasting,
  the wonderful I AM,
found pleasures never-wasting,
  and Wisdom is my name.

2. When, like a tent to dwell in,
  he spread the skies abroad,
and swathed about the swelling
  of Ocean's mighty flood;
he wrought by weight and measure,
  and I was with him then:
myself the Father's pleasure,
  and mine, the sons of men.

3. Thus Wisdom's words discover
  thy glory and thy grace,
thou everlasting lover
  of our unworthy race!
Thy gracious eye surveyed us
  ere stars were seen above;
in wisdom thou hast made us,
  and died for us in love.

4. And couldst thou be delighted
  with creatures such as we,
who, when we saw thee, slighted
  and nailed thee to a tree?
Unfathomable wonder,
  and mystery divine!
The voice that speaks in thunder,
  says, "Sinner, I am thine!"

William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 237.

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