Also known as “THE OLD VIOLIN” By Myra Welch.

T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But 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,” then, 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 grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;

Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling 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?” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.

A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine;
A game, and he travels on.
He is “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.


Myra Brooks Welch was born in Illinois. She enjoyed playing the organ as a young child. Unfortunately, later on she suffered from severe arthritis spending much of her life in a wheel chair. She then began writing and found a new joy  despite of the pain and troubles she endured while writing. She became known as “The poet with the singing soul”. She wrote this poem in 1921.

I hope you enjoy it!


GOOD READS. 2016. GOOD READS: Myra Brooks Welch. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 9 June 2016].


12 Comments Add yours

  1. one of my favorites-I am a violinist so I am especially touched by old violins and of course The Touch of the Master. I haven’t read this in a while-thank you!


    1. Thank you so much dear Michele! I am glad you enjoyed it, especially as a violinist! Sending light and love your way ❤

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      1. you have such a sweet spirit-may God bless your kind heart!


        1. Oh thank you so much dear Michele, you are too kind! God bless you as well for having such a loving and kind heart! ❤

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  2. I am so glad you enjoyed it! That’s so beautiful that you can play the violin! My grandpa used to play it…


  3. This was a beautiful piece of a Master’s Touch and even the violin that was decrepit, woke up and played a tune like never before. Thanks for this awesome share, Amira and yes such people are rare gifts from the Lord.


    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! Yes, and we are the violins that sometimes need the tuning by the Master’s hand 🙂


      1. Yes absolutely true and agree totally with your words, Amira violins that requires a master stroke. Welcome dear.

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  4. LindaP says:

    This poem was made into a beautiful song by Wayne Watson:It has been a favourite of mine for years. You can hear it on u tube,I know you will love it! Love Lindaxoxox


    1. Oh I am just listening to it now! Thank you for letting me know! I am going to add the link here! ❤ Thank you!!!!! 🙂


  5. oh this has always been a favorite- I cry everytime-thank you!

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    1. I do too! I can’t stop the tears, it touches me so deeply… 🙂

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