Words: At­trib­ut­ed to (1746-1767) in Scot­tish Par­a­phras­es, 1781.

Music: St. Pe­ter (Rein­a­gle), , 1836.

O happy is the man who hears
Instruction’s warning voice;
And who celestial Wisdom makes
His early, only choice.

For she has treasures greater far
Than east or west unfold;
And her rewards more precious are
Than all their stores of gold.

In her right hand she holds to view
A length of happy days;
Riches with splendid honors joined
Are what her left displays.

She guides the young with innocence,
In pleasure’s paths to tread,
A crown of glory she bestows
Upon the hoary head.

According as her labors rise,
So her rewards increase;
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.