Written by an unknown author, this hymn was likely American in origin, and aimed towards children. It is from an 1881 hymnal titled “The Book of Praise for Children”. In it, I hear the simple yet profound voice of Christ. May we ever treasure the innocence of children, and remember its value to our Maker!
“The wise may bring their learning,
The rich may bring their wealth,
And some may bring their greatness, And some bring strength and health;
We, too, would bring our treasures
To offer to the King;
We have no wealth or learning:
What shall we children bring?
We’ll bring Him hearts that love Him;
We’ll bring Him thankful praise,
And young souls meekly striving
To walk in holy ways:
And these shall be the treasures
We offer to the King,
And these are gifts that even the poorest child may bring.
We’ll bring the little duties
We have to do each day;
We’ll try our best to please Him,
At home, at school, at play:
And better are these treasures
To offer to our King,
Than richest gifts without them;
Yet these a child may bring.” *
* The One Year Book of Hymns. Ed. Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton. Tyndale. Wheaton, IL. 1995