The Call of Wisdom (SA)
£2.23 – £2.55
Scored for: SA & organ
Duration: 5 mins
Other Info: Commissioned by the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral for the Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen, with generous sponsorship by The Worshipful Company of Horners.
On June 5th 2012 The Call of Wisdom was presented on the occasion of a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, for the 60th Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, performed by the specially auditioned Diamond Choir, formed of children from all over the UK, alongside choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Chapel Royal, conducted by Andrew Carwood.
Words by Michael Hampel (based on Proverbs 8). The Call of Wisdom exists in SATB and SSA versions both with organ. It is included on the recording The Call of Wisdom by Tenebrae in its SATB version.
Lord of wisdom, Lord of truth, Lord of justice, Lord of mercy;
walk beside us down the years till we see you in your glory.
Striving to attain the heights, turning in a new direction,
entering a lonely place, welcoming a friend or stranger.
I am here, I am with you. I have called: do you hear me?
Silver is of passing worth, gold is not of constant value,
jewels sparkle for a while; what you long for is not lasting.
Rulers govern under me with my insight and my wisdom.
Those who know me know my love, those who seek me find their answer.
God the Father and the Son, Holy Spirit coeternal.
Glory be ascribed to you, now and to the end of ages.
If you are interested in performing The Call of Wisdom, the vocal score is also available for hire from Oxford University Press. Please contact them directly.