The One Talent


”To every man according to his several ability,"

HIDE not thy talent in the earth,

However small it be;

Its faithful use, its utmost worth,

God will require of thee.

The humblest service rendered here

He will as truly own,

As Paul's, in his exalted sphere,

Or Gabriel's, near the throne.

The cup of water kindly given,

The widow's cheerful mites,

Are worthier in the sight of Heaven

Than pride's most costly rites.

His own, which he has lent on trust,

He asks of thee again;

Little or much, the claim is just,

And thine excuses vain.

Go, then, and strive to do thy part,

Though humble it may be,

The ready hand, the willing heart,

Are all God asks of thee.

William Cutter.