Scripture Verse

Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupts, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19


Words: Win­field S. Da­vis, in Our Praise in Song, ed­it­ed by John Swe­ney et al. (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1893), num­ber 35.

Music: Tam­pere John R. Swe­ney, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Da­vis (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John R. Sweney (1837–1899)


Boast thou not of thy gold­en hoard
To us whose souls are saved;
For in the ci­ty of our Lord
The streets with gold are paved.


Lay up thy trea­sure in Hea­ven,
Of all things make this sure;
Lay up thy trea­sure in Hea­ven,
And God will keep it se­cure.

Boast thou not of thy jew­els fair,
For we re­deemed from sin
Through gates of pearl to beau­ties rare
Will soon be ush­ered in.


Boast thou not of thy man­sions here,
For we with blood-washed souls
Have man­sions in an­oth­er sphere,
Where time un­end­ing rolls.


Boast thou not of thy great re­nown,
For each who bears Christ’s name
Will some day wear a fade­less crown
And have en­dur­ing fame.


Freely speak of the Sav­ior’s pow­er,
And of His match­less love,
Resolving thou wilt from this hour
Lay trea­sure up above.