What Is That In Thine Hand


What is that in thine hand, child, discouraged and sad?
Surely God hath one talent at least to thee giv’n;
There is work thou canst do, that shall some soul make glad,
That shall help in advancing the kingdom of heaven.

Chorus:
What is that in thine hand?
What is that in thine hand?
Hidden talent, it may be, thou dost not understand;
What is that in thine hand?
What is that in thine hand?
With it God may work wonders, if thou heed his command.

It may not be to preach, that he calls thee to-day,
Or to publicly labor with tongue or with pen;
But it may be to work in a meek, quiet way,
Just as pleasing to God and effective to men. [Chorus]

If a cup of cold water to some suff’ring one,
A disciple shall give in the name of his Lord,
E’en so humble a service, if trustingly done,
Shall be blest of the Master and have its reward. [Chorus]

What is that in thine hand? brother, say not again,
“I’ve no talent and nothing for God can I do;”
Bring it forth from the “napkin” where long it hath lain,
Ask the Lord how to use it, and prove to him true. [Chorus]