Wisdom’s house is firmly built; her seven pillars raised.
Her wine and bread on table spread–a feast a king would praise.
And out she sends her servant-maids to call at twilight hour
To those of foolish character to come nigh and devour
The bread of learning, and be drunk on wine of sweet instruction,
Forsaking streets of ignorance and leaving night’s destruction.
“Come walk,” she says, “in insight, and leave the past behind.
My home is open; drink the wine I mixed for all mankind.”
For Wisdom is not hid for sole philosophers to learn;
If ignorance is what we fear, may we to her return.
From Proverbs 9: 1-6:
Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread
and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live,
and walk in the way of insight.”