Twas 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
gray-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
This is one of my favorite works of poetry because I believe its message. There’s are many people who end up drifting through life only because there was not someone in their lives to influence them for good.
I submit that you could take the word ‘master’ and insert the word ‘father’, so that it becomes ‘the touch of the father’s hand’. I noticed that in this poem, the word ‘master’ only means someone who is a master at his craft. It is referring to talent and expertise rather than dominion.
As a father, you will watch the trails that your children have to endure. They will face different challenges than you do, but it is your responsibility to make sure that you were there for them when they need you.
Your influence in their lives might be the difference between being “auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd” or “playing a melody pure and sweet as a caroling angel sings”.