We praise you, God, for truth received
from generations past,
for knowledge, gift beyond compare,
the ages have amassed.
We offer thanks for patient toil
of thinkers who assailed
the ignorance that darkens truth
and keeps its presence veiled.
But you have formed the human mind
to follow truth beyond
old boundaries and beckon us
toward knowledge yet unfound.
Let neither fear nor weariness
subvert the ardent quest
that sets our feet on paths untrod
and robs our hearts of rest.
O Wisdom, source of human thought,
in whom our questing ends;
O Truth, whose endless mystery
all human truth transcends:
teach us that, when we offer you
the best our minds have wrought,
we bring but truth your mind has known,
but wisdom you have taught.
O Christ, in whom the truth took flesh
and dwelt in time and space,
in whom God's wisdom walked our ways
and wore a human face:
the life you lived, the death you died
teach knowledge far above
our own and call our hearts to see
the crown of truth is love.