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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From The Proverbs of Solomon, Chapter 8

DOTH 1 not WISDOM cry,
  and Understanding put forth her voice?..
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his Way,
  before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,        5
  or ever the earth was.
When no depths were, I was brought forth:
  when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
  before the hills was I brought forth:        10
While as yet he had not made the earth nor the fields,
  nor the first dust of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there:
  when he set a compass upon the face of the deep:
In his empowering of the clouds above:        15
  in the strong gathering of the fountains of the deep:
When he gave to the sea its boundary
  that the waters should not pass his commandment:
  when he determined the foundations of the earth:
Then was I by him as a master-workman:        20
  and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
Rejoicing in his habitable earth:
  and my delight was with the sons of men …
Blessed is the man that heareth me,
  watching daily at my gates,        25
  waiting at the posts of my doors;
For whoso findeth me findeth life …
  but he that misseth me wrongeth his own soul.
    All they that hate me love death.
Note 1. From ‘The Proverbs of Solomon’, ch. viii. Date altogether uncertain. This from Auth. and Rev. Versions: but I am responsible for ver. 28. [back]

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