Scripture Verse

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27


Words & Mu­sic: Fran­ces Ab­er­na­thy, in Ro­de­hea­ver’s Sun­day School Songs, ed­it­ed by Charles H. Ga­bri­el (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Ro­de­hea­ver Com­pa­ny, cir­ca 1917), num­ber 207 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


He was des­pis­èd, was poor, and an out­cast;
He had no rich­es to leave to His own;
And yet He be­queathed us a price­less pos­ses­sion,
Gift that all mor­tals are yearn­ing to own.


Peace I give un­to thee,
My peace I leave with thee;
Not as the world, give I un­to thee
O price­less le­ga­cy!
That there should be for thee
Peace ov­er­flow­ing thy soul.

Is your back bend­ing ’neath po­ver­ty’s bur­den?
Christ’s pre­cious gift
Means so much more than wealth;
If you are af­flict­ed with sick­ness and suf­fer­ing,
List to His pro­mise—it giv­eth you health.


Freely to all is this le­ga­cy giv­en,
All may find peace, tho’ the care-bil­lows roll;
How free­ly it’s offered! The only con­di­tion,
God must be giv­en His way with your soul.