31 A SONG OF PILGRIMAGE
Cum adhuc junior essem

Refrain: In prayer I inclined my ear*
and my heart was stirred to seek Wisdom.
1 While I was still young,*
I sought Wisdom openly in my prayer.
2 Before the temple I asked for her,*
and I will search for her until the end.
3 From the first blossom to the ripening grape,*
my heart delighted in her.
4 My foot walked on the straight path,*
from my youth I followed her steps.
5 I inclined my ear and received her,*
I found for myself much instruction.
6 I made progress in Wisdom;*
to the One who sent her,
   I will give glory.
7 I directed my soul to Wisdom,*
and in purity have I found her.
8 With her, I gained understanding from the first,*
therefore will I never be forsaken.
9 My heart was stirred to seek her,*
with my tongue will I sing God’s praise.
Glory . . . Ecclesiasticus 51. 13-17, 20-22
In prayer I inclined my ear*
and my heart was stirred to seek Wisdom.