Scripture Verse

Both riches and honor come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 1 Chronicles 29:12

Introduction

Words: Frank H. Ma­shaw, 1902. Com­pare I Was Poor­er as the Poor­est.

Music: Is­aac V. Tra­cy (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mashaw or Tracy (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

I was poorer than all,
I was hungry and cold,
I was far, far away
From the dear Shepherd’s fold;
But Jesus now gives me
Of His riches untold,
Oh, the peace of my soul is Jesus!

Refrain

I was poorer than all;
Now I’ve riches to spare,
And a home He is building
For me so bright and fair;
And some day I am going
To my home over there,
Oh, the peace of my soul is Jesus!

I was poorer than all,
I was friendless, alone,
I was still in my sins,
And my heart was a stone;
But Jesus smiled on me
And said, Thou art My own,
Oh, the peace of my soul is Jesus!

Refrain

I was poorer than all,
I was ready to die,
But the Savior came down
From His throne in the sky;
On Calv’ry He ransomed
Such a sinner as I,
Oh, the peace of my soul is Jesus!

Refrain

I was poorer than all
Till the Lord said to me,
Go in peace, sin no more;
Now I’m happy and free,
And ever I’ll praise Him,
And His child I will be.
Oh, the peace of my soul is Jesus!

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