1 We bring no glitt’ring treasures,—
No gems from earth’s deep mine;
We come, with cheerful measures
To chant Thy love divine.
Children, Thy favors sharing,
Their voice of thanks would raise;
O Lord, accept our off’ring,—
Our song of grateful praise.
Sing! sing! joyously sing
Grateful hosannas to Jesus, our King!
Sing! sing! joyously sing!
Praises unceasing bring.
2 The dearest gifts of heaven,
Love’s written word of truth;
To us is early given
To guide our steps in youth.
We hear the wond’rous story,—
The tale of Calvary;
We read of homes in glory,
From sin and sorrow free. [Refrain]
3 Redeemer, great thy blessing,
Oh, teach us how to pray;
That each, Thy fear possessing,
May tread life’s onward way.
Then where the pure are dwelling,
We hope to meet again;
And sweet the number swelling,
Forever praise Thy name. [Refrain]
Phillips, Harriet Cecilia, was born in Sharon, Connecticut, in 1806, and was for many years an active worker in Sunday Schools in New York city. She contributed five hymns to the Rev. W. C. Hoyt's Family and Social Melodies, 1853, and has also written for various magazines. "We bring no glittering treasures" (Sunday School Anniversary), was written circa 1848 for a Sunday School Festival in New York city, and published in the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849 (Nutter's Hymn Notes, 1884, p. 31l).
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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