The Touch of the Master’s Hand


Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer

Thought it scarcely worth his while

To waste much time on the old violin,

But he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bidden, good folks”, he cried.

“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”

A dollar, a dollar – now two, only two –

Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?”


“Three dollars once, three dollars twice

Going for three” – but no,

From the room far back a gray-haired man

Came forward and picked up the bow.

Then wiping the dust from the old violin

And tightening up all of the strings

He played a melody pure and sweet,

As sweet as an angel sings.


The music ceased, and the auctioneer,

With a voice that was quiet and low,

Said: “What am I bid for the old violin?”

And he held it up with the bow.

“A thousand dollars – and who’ll make it two

Two thousand – and who’ll make it three?

Three thousand once, three thousand twice,

And going, and gone!” said he.


The people cheered, but some of them cried

“We do not quite understand –

What changed its worth?”  The man replied,

“The touch of the Master’s hand.”

And many a man with a life out of tune,

And battered and torn with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd,

Much like that old violin.


A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,

A game – and he travels on.

He’s going once, and going twice,

He’s going and almost gone!

But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand –

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought

By the Touch of the Master’s Hand!


(Author unknown)