ONE GOD THERE IS OF WISDOM
One God there is of wisdom, glory might,
One faith there is to guide our souls aright,
One truth there is for man to practise in,
One baptism to cleanse our souls from sin.
Two Testaments there are, the Old and New,
In which the Law and Gospel thou may'st view;
The one for works and deeds doth precepts give,
The other saith the just by faith shall live.
Three persons in the glorious Trinity
Make one true God in perfect unity,
the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, those three
For ever equal and eternal be.
Four most divine and righteous holy men
They did the life of our Redeemer pen,
They were Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and John likewise,
Whose righteous truth let every Christian prize.
Five senses do in every man maintain
A governing of power, rule and reign;
The hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, smelling,
Which at thy death will leave thee and thy dwelling.
Six days, O man, thou hast to labor in,
So merciful and good thy God Hath been,
Of seven unto himself to took but one,
O rob him not of that to leave him none.
Seven liberal arts, by a divine decree,
Unto man's knowing soul united be;
Rhetorick, grammar, music, and geometry.
Arthmetick, logick, and astronomy.
Eight persons in the ark of Hoah were
When God he would the world no longer spare;
Sin did abound, therefore all flesh he drown'd
Which in that ship of safety were not bound.
Nine Muses their harmonious voices raise
To sing our blessed dear Redeemer's praise,
Who is the spring from whence all blessings flow
To us poor living mortals here below.
There are commandments ten we should obey,
and yet how apt are we to go astray,
Leaving them all our folly to pursue,
As if we did not care what God could do.
Eleven disciples did with Jesus pray
When Judas did our Saviour Christ betray,
Though, covetous for greedy gain, he fell
To be perdition's child condemned to hell.
Twelve tribes there were amongst our fathers old,
Twelve articles our Christian faith does hold,
Twelve gates in New Jerusalem there by,
Unto which city Christ bring thee and me.
(Contributed by Frank DiSalle - December 2003)