O where shall wisdom be found? (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2005-09-18)  CPDL #09709:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Thomas F. Strode (submitted 2005-09-18).   Score information: Letter, 17 pages, 380 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O where shall wisdom be found?
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: Job 28: 12–15, 18, 20–21a, 23-28

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1790 in Collection of Anthems and a Short Service, p. 46

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Original text and translations

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12  O where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
13  Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
14  The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
15  It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
18  No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
20  Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
21a  Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living.
23  God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof.
24  For He looketh to the ends of the earth, And seeth under the whole heav’n;
25  To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
26  When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
27  Then did He see it, and declare it; He prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
28  And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.