Saturday, September 29, 2007

One By One He Took Them From Me

One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most.
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glittering toy was lost.

Then I walked earth's highway grieving,
In my rags and poverty;
'Til I heard His voice inviting:
Lift your empty hands to me.

So I held my hands toward Heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His own transcendent riches,
'Til they could contain no more.

Then at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God could not pour out His riches
Into hands already full.

~By William Cowper~
(I am unsure of the actual title of this poem.)


  1. Anonymous1/06/2008

    When I heard this song in high school, I was told the title was "Treasures."

  2. Anonymous3/07/2009

    1:37 am i searched a lot tonight for this song as God is dealing with me and my husband but esp a son and 2 daughters
    thank you keep in touch

  3. Somehow I must have missed that first comment. Thank you for sending me the possible title.

    To the second poster, thank you as well for leaving a comment. I have learned the only way to deal with our treasures (regarding people) is to give them first to the Lord - then whatever happens with us or them, we know they are held securely in His loving hands. God bless.

  4. Anonymous4/23/2009

    Have you ever the music to that poem? I have searched for it without success. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous4/25/2009

    I was in college in 68-70. We used to sing this song all the time. The title is indeed "Treasures". I am so glad I found the words to the song.

  6. I really appreciate these lyrics, but unfortunately don't think I have actually heard it sung. Sorry I am not sure where you can find the music for it (I am assuming you mean the sheetmusic so you can play it - you probably can find a midi online of the song though). God bless.

  7. A minor correction (and over a year late) the song is entitled Treasures and it is based on a poem by Margaret Snell Nicholson. More info at

  8. Anonymous10/12/2010


    I think you may enjoy this YouTube video. It is part one of a two part series, the second of which contains the poem, "Treasures."

    God bless!

  9. Anonymous3/04/2011

    We always sang it to the tune of "The Unveiled Christ" in our church hymnal. Try this link for a MIDI file for the tune:

  10. Anonymous10/06/2011

    If you google then click on
    Martha Snell Nicholson - MercyDrops, "Treasures"
    is the first poem. It also tells the history of
    the writer.

  11. Anonymous3/11/2012

    I love this poem! The author is actually Martha Snell Nicholson.