Friday, June 19, 2015

THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND

Myra Brooks Welch and John Kramp

Well, it was battered and scared,
And the auctioneer felt it was hardly worth his while,
To waste much time on the old violin but he held it up with a smile,
"Well, it sure ain't much but it's all we got left
I guess we aught to sell it to,
Oh, now who'll start the bid on this old violin?
Just one more and we'll be through."

And then he cried, "One, give me one dollar, Who'll make it two?
Only two dollars; who'll make it three?
Three dollars twice; now that's a good price,
Now who's gonna bid for me?
Raise up your hand now; don't wait any longer
The auctions about to end,
Who's got four, just one dollar more
To bid on this old violin?"

Well, the air was hot and the people stood around
As the sun was setting low,
From the back of the crowd a gray-haired man,
Came forward and picked up the bow,
He wiped the dust from the old violin, then he tightened up the strings,
Then he played out a melody pure and sweet, sweeter than the angels sing,

And then the music stopped and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
He said, "Now what am I bid for this old violin?"
And he held it up with a bow.

And then he cried out, "One, give me, one thousand, Who'll make it two?
Only two thousand; who'll make it three?
Three thousand twice; you know, that's a good price,
Come on, who's gonna bid for me?"
And the people cried out, "What made the change? We don't understand,"
Then the auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile,
"It was the touch of the Master's hand."

You know there's many a man with his life out of tune,
Battered and scared with sin
And he's auctioned cheap to a thankless world
Much like that old violin,
Oh, but then the Master comes,
And that old foolish crowd they never understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought,
Just by one touch of the Masters hand.

And then he cried out, "One, give me, one thousand, Who'll make it two?
Only two thousand; who'll make it three?
Three thousand twice; you know, that's a good price,
Come on, who's gonna bid for me?"
And the people cried out, "What made the change? We don't understand,"
Then the auctioneer stopped and he said with a smile,
"It was the touch of the Master's hand."



Purchase the album here: Still
Purchase the soundtrack here: Touch Of The Masters Hand
Purchase the sheet music here:  Touch of the Master's Hand

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