The Touch of the Master’s Hand

This poem, written in 1921 by Myra Brooks Welch, was part of the inspiration for my first piano-related poem, “The Old Upright,” which can soon be found in another post on this website.

The Touch of the Master’s Hand (or, The Old Violin)

‘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 bid, good folks?” he cried.
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?
A dollar, a dollar–now 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 up all the strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
As sweet as an 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 and 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?” The man replied,
“The touch of the master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.

A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game–and he travels on.
He’s 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.

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All Of Us

All Of Us1
A response to “Exodus”
Lyrics by Dan Eumurian
For “The People of the Book”

This land is ours; it is not mine to hoard—
Entrusted to me by the LORD.
My name is Abraham; God promised me the land
That in me all families of the earth be blessed.

God gave me Isaac as the promised one,
But Ishmael also was my son.
And when he came to earth once through the Virgin Birth,
Through Y’shua, YHWH gave us all his best.

The land was lost for seventy long years;
Thru pagan kings it was restored.
No more idolatry or immorality—
Walls and temple grew to glorify the LORD.

Four hundred years, and finally God spoke;
His Word reached Jew and Greek and more—
Word of New Covenant, peace to the penitent,
With an exodus from sin and death and war.

Muhammad heard the Christian Trinity
Was Father, Son, and Maryam.
For the Nestorians, those poor historians,
Hid the fact that Yesu was the true Qur’an.

The Jews no longer kill the Paschal lamb,
So how will their sins be atoned?
Our hearts are circumcised, rested and kosherized
When we put the Son of David on the throne.

1The author means no disrespect to Jews or Muslims, but presents this lyric in the spirit of the free exchange of ideas. When Christians, Jews and Muslims are being killed for their faith, it would be wrong to withhold a contribution to the discussion out of fear of offending someone or facing reprisal. He welcomes sincere, respectful and even passionate responses at h o p e 4 y o u [at] c e n t u r y t e l . n e t .

Before the Oath

There are 35 words, plus the president-elect’s name, in the presidential oath of office. What 35 words would you like to hear from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or another candidate of your choice, before you would consider them qualified to lead our country? My suggestions for two candidates are below. If you like, go to my Facebook page, “Dan Eumurian,” and post your suggestions.

Some reasons for my submissions can be found elsewhere here on my website. I write “red songs, blue songs, and purple bridge-building songs;” that is, pieces that challenge Democrats, those that confront Republicans, and others that try to find common ground on which we can all agree and move forward. Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for more songs, poems and other posts.

Suggested Pre-Oaths:

“I’ve lied, been arrogant and rude, and have cheated employees, contractors and tenement dwellers. I’m sorry. I’m setting up a restitution fund. I’m doing my homework. I’ll do what’s best for all ordinary, honest people. ” Donald J. Trump

“I’ve lied, pandered, conspired with Wall Street, and hated people who’ve disagreed with me. I’m sorry. I’m establishing a restitution fund. By respecting morality and fair trade, I’ll help make peace here and abroad..” Hillary Rodham Clinton

Wiped Out*

*(With apologies to Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, Ron Wilson, the Surfaris, and their 1963 instrumental hit “Wipe Out”) (If you’re a Hillary fan, keep looking on the website. You’ll find plenty of jabs at Trump.)

Hillary Clinton wiped her server
With a system they call “Bleach Bit”
And she did it with a fervor
That she meant to wipe out each bit

So the feds would not be wroth
She destroyed the evidence
And said, “You mean like with a cloth?”
The woman boggles common sense.

The lie gets bigger by the minute;
Prison cell she should be in it,
But the media and voters don’t
Even give a rip. She wiped out

E-mails, Bill’s females,
Right wingers, Trump zingers,
Press conferences, Wall Street deferences,
Past scandals, truth candles

She wiped out us


Welcome to the Family, Donald J. Trump! (and Yo-Yo)

Mr. Trump, there are reports that you recently accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Here are some thoughts to help you on your new and exciting journey:

  1. There are no dues. You didn’t earn your way in. It was an undeserved gift. It didn’t come cheap: those crackers and wine that make you feel cleansed cost God the life of his only Son. See Ephesians 2:8-10.
  2. Your sins are forgiven. That includes sins of commission and sins of omission. Spend time worshiping God, alone and with others; confessing sins that come to your mind; thanking God for his blessings, and asking him for what you need. Be aware of your weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but confident in your strengths and capabilities. See I John 1:9.
  3. If you owe restitution, you should acknowledge it and attempt to pay it. If you owe apologies, you should make them.  If someone has a need, and God leads you to address it personally, you should do so, paying special attention to those who are most needy, wronged and oppressed. You are to be evenhanded, wise and gracious with everyone. See Proverbs 28:13;  Luke 19:8-10.
  4. You have a big family that loves and accepts you, headed by God, your new Father; by Jesus, God in human flesh, your true big brother, and by God the Holy Spirit. Christian leaders are available; choose them carefully. Consider their advice along with the advice of a wide range of counselors. See Proverbs 11:14.
  5. You have a lot to learn, but you have the example and counsel of a lot of brothers and sisters to guide you. Some of their stories are found in the Bible, which you should read, study, absorb, digest, wonder about, pray about, figure out, and apply to your life. You will learn by their successes and by their failures. You will agree with some of them on political issues, and disagree with others. Disgraced Nixon aide Charles Colson and alcoholic former governor of Iowa Harold Hughes were polar opposites politically, yet were brothers in Christ. You’re still family, and you’re bound together by love. See Hebrews 12:1-6 and Charles Colson, Born Again. 
  6. There are people who will try to lead you astray, including those who are or claim to be fellow Christians. The Creator and Sustainer of the universe will guide you by his Holy Spirit. You will be attacked more than ever, by human and spiritual forces. God will protect you. See I John 4:1.
  7. You don’t check your brain at the door. God will purify, refine and supplement your human abilities. Run things through your head and by the Lord before you say or Tweet them. Sometimes silence is strength. You are invited to ask God for wisdom whenever you need it, and he will supply it. See James 1:5.
  8. You are not to be judgmental and condemning toward others. Learn even from our nation’s enemies and your political opponents; beat them at their own game. Look for any possible ways to make peace, but don’t be afraid to be resolute when you need to take action. See Joshua 1:9.
  9. All glory for your achievements belongs to God. You are not to give shallow verbal credit to God, but there will be ways for you to honor him. He is the hand, you are the glove. You are to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. See Micah 6:8.
  10. You will be victorious in life and at peace in death, whatever the human outcome of your life. See 2 Timothy 4:7.

Best wishes, Dan Eumurian, h o p e 4 y o u (at) c e n t u r y t e l . n e t

Re: Newsweek: Donald Trump’s God Problem Aug 2016   Dan Eumurian

Works at Self-Employed

I know Trump is a “loose cannon;” I published a song about him in 1986.* Yet Hillary directs “unfriendly fire” at conservative Christians. I don’t recall her making even a tepid apology for attacking the women Bill victimized, or accusing people of being hateful when their opinions differ from hers, or repeatedly complaining about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” when the Clinton Foundation (see One America News, Aug. 22, 2016) seems to have engaged with foreign governments in “pay to play” to the tune of many milliions (including giving Russia access to US uranium deposits…. How about a Hillary news conference or two? I don’t like a lot of things about Dinesh D’Souza, but his film “2016: Obama’s America” documented the replacement of secular dictatorships in the Middle East with radical Muslim regimes. There are ways to build bridges with Islam, but we’re not doing it right.

[A follow-up to “Junior Mind Your Manners,” which among other things addressed the flight to the suburbs. The mother of Junior the Pig tells him, “Junior mind your manners, you’re acting like a people again.” “Yo-Yo” takes on the opposite situation, gentrification, in which the rich move back into the inner city, tear down the tenement apartments, and put up expensive condominiums. According to Jim Lehrer’s May 12, 1985 documentary “Where Will I Live?” Mr. Trump did this in New York City. “Yo-Yo” is on my second album, “Farm Country,”published on cassette in 1986 and later released on CD.]

You left the city’s hub just like a greased pig.
You headed for the suburbs where you leased big.
The poor took up the slack in tenement sties,
And now you’re going back to make the rent rise

‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. You’re a yo-yo.
You’re going for a spin and you’re doing people in
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo.

You think that you’re the gentry and you’re worth more,
And so you post a sentry at your front door.
Now the low class way of living you attack hard,
While you throw a higher wall around your back yard,

‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. You’re a yo-yo.
Got to keep the poor away till it’s time to make them pay
‘Cause you’re a yo-yo. (To instrumental break)

Atheistic evolution is a bad guess,
But you’re practicing survival of the fattest.
Though the Lord will lift you high if you are humble,
If you’re living in a lie you’ll take a tumble

Just like a yo-yo, a silly yo-yo.
Don’t be a yo-yo, no no no yo-yo.
Don’t be a yo-yo, a silly yo-yo.

(c) 1986, Dan Eumurian/Come Thru Music Co., BMI, on “Farm Country”
h o p e 4 y o u @ c e n t u r y t e l . n e t

Top 10 Quotes from Donald’s Favorite Book*

10. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Berean Study Bible [Donald has said this is his favorite verse. It refers to the liberty of spirit that comes from a relationship with God, not to unfettered greed. My poem “Balances and Checks” reads in part, “Our two party system has balances and checks: One wants no restraint on profit, one wants no restraint on sex….” I believe strongly in the free marketplace of ideas. See]


9. Don’t talk so much. You keep putting your foot in your mouth. Be sensible and turn off the flow! Proverbs 10:19 Living Bible (TLB) [The only person who can defeat Donald Trump is Donald Trump. Run it thru your head twice and run it by the Lord before you say it or Tweet it. I think my new favorite book will be All Quiet on the Trump Gaffe Front.** In I Kings 19, the LORD was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire, but in the “still, small voice.” Even the great social and economic reformer John the Baptist said regarding Jesus, “He must increase but I must decrease.” John 3:30 English Standard Version]
  1. But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord,“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything,I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:8-10 New International Version (NIV)  [Genuine repentance, humility, and an attempt at restitution would be good steps in recovery from ego addiction. The world, you and God know enough about you and Carl Icahn that you each need to “take a bath” (See John 13:1-17).]

7. From everyone to whom much has been given, much shall be required. Luke 12:48 New Revised Standard Version) [See terms/t/trickledowntheory.asp. Graduated income tax would seem to have biblical support, unless the wealthy voluntarily help the poor. In response to Rep. Ron Kind’s claim that several admirals say we need the Trans-Pacific Partnership for our foreign policy, speaker, author, radio host and former Texas agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower responded, “Our foreign policy is not going to be advanced by turning our sovereignty over to corporate tribunals that can overturn our local laws, our state laws, our national laws, and indeed, even in our military operations around the world. So this is just nonsense. These admirals are speaking on behalf of the corporate establishment that does want to establish a world corporate supremacy. And one way to do that is by military force, but another way to do it is by these trade scams, where you just overrule the local people.” (Interview with DE, 8/2/16)]

6. The king gives stability to the land by justice, But a man who takes bribes overthrows it. A man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his steps. Proverbs 29:4-5 New American Standard (NAS) [Watch out for Vladimir Putin, certain journalists. Sometimes a script or a teleprompter can be a good thing. Know your vulnerabilities as well as your strengths.

5. “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50 (NIV) [I believe Muslims have it two-thirds right, which is more right than a lot of people have it: If God were to become a human being, and then die on a cross, it would be doubly outrageous–unless it were true and he did it to be able to offer forgiveness of sins to everyone who puts their faith in him, in which case it would be the best news the world had ever heard! See Meic Pearse (2003). Why the Rest Hates the West.]

4. nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. I Corinthians 6:10-11 (Berean Study Bible)   [“Donald Trump is immodest, arrogant, foul-mouthed, money-obsessed, thrice-married, and until recently, pro-choice.”  (]

3. For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)  [It is said that Abraham Lincoln intentionally included in his cabinet forceful personalities who disagreed with him. I believe that everyone needs someone in his or her life who can sit you down, shut you up, and set you straight.]

2. And let the one who is thirsty come, and the one who desires the water of life drink freely. (Revelation 22:17 (Berean Study Bible)  [Becoming a born again Christian doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re the best candidate for president. Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the US Constitution forbids a religious test for public office. King Solomon asked God for wisdom. King David asked God for mercy. Jesus asked his friends for prayer.]

1. For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)  Fact: Jesus died and rose from the dead. Reason: To forgive us and make us right with God. Encounter: Turn from all you know to be wrong and ask Jesus to be your Forgiver and Leader. Expression: Show your FREE thankfulness by loving and serving him and others.

A Born-Again Donald Trump? Believe It, Evangelical Leader Says The New York Times ^ | 6/25/16 | TRIP GABRIEL and MICHAEL LUO See also

*In August 2015, Donald Trump said the Bible was his favorite book, but then he couldn’t name his favorite verse.

Otherwise unattributed comments are solely the opinions of Dan Eumurian, La Crosse, WI. Thoughtful discussion welcome. May be reproduced in its entirety or by advance written permission. See or Facebook.

To Trump Facebook page, Aug. 21, 2016: Dan Eumurian I appreciate the support for tolerance. Tolerance is not an end in itself. It facilitates the respectful, free exchange of ideas that solves problems and creates progress. See–Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Dan Eumurian I appreciate the expression of regret! The next step is to appoint an impartial expert to determine who has been hurt financially by Trump mistakes over the years, and to make arrangements for some degree of restitution–as well as apology. Mr. Trump is moving beyond childish things and is realizing his potential as a vital leader. Good managers don’t do all the work, but they listen, analyze, decide and act.


I’m not afraid of points of view from left or right or center.
I don’t hate anyone, though I might not choose some as mentor.
Before you state I’m full of hate or phobic, please, friend, won’t ya
Consider if you have a case of Disagreeophobia.

Now I believe that Jesus came to earth to bring some heaven
So all of us could know we’ve sinned, and all could be forgiven.
And I believe that Jesus even died for politicians,
And someday all the world will raise him to his right position.

You say I’m narrow minded and my thinking is outrageous,
That I should be in quarantine because my mind’s contagious.
Let evidence and logic bring survival of the fittest.
Let’s put love into practice and get others joining with us.

So who hates who? I don’t hate you. Please turn off that spigot.
I have my views and you have yours. I may not be the bigot.
Disagreeophobia may be the real disease.
Long live Disagreebia–the right to disagree!

(c) 2016, Dan Eumurian, dba Come Thru Music Co., BMI
Comments welcome at h o p e 4 y o u (at) c e n t u r y t e l . n e t

Opium War

Opium War

O God, the West has won the Opium War.

His wife is gone, his wealth is spent, his body is debris.
A day for him has just one goal; he lives a parody.
His poisoned blood and empty soul are for the best–you see,
A farmer and a merchant need a larger salary.

Opium War, Opium War,
O God, the West has won the Opium War.

Not many in the land protest as countrymen abuse.
A thrilling drama grips the land as papers bear the news.
For who’s to say what’s right or wrong, or judge another’s views?
They’re free to buy, we’re free to sell–” that’s how our friends excuse

Opium War, Opium War,
O God, the West has won the Opium War.

In the 1850s, England wanted tea from China, but since China did not feel a need to purchase an equivalent quantity of goods from England, a trade imbalance occurred. To address this imbalance, England went to war with China for the right to sell opium to its people–and succeeded. More recently, while trade between the United States and China has had many positive results, the US has essentially taught China and much of the rest of the world to smoke cigarettes, again helping to balance the trade deficit, but harming and enslaving many people.

The door was open, products came, ideas good and bad,
And some Chinese fought angrily to keep the ways they had.
Today a new regime is there, a “market” we can take.
Will we respect and help the land or make the same mistake?

Opium War, Opium War,
May there be nevermore an Opium War (Repeat)

Words and music (c) 2016, Dan Eumurian, dba Come Thru Music Co., BMI



She tosses,
vacillating among leaders, factions, ideals;
bitterly ridiculing yesterday’s heroes.

Do we mock?
Or do we reflect
on nineteen hundred seventy-two polling booths, 1
thirty palm branches? 2

She quivers
at Northern 3 and Eastern 4 quibbling,
quivering Westernized sibling, 5
Southern 6 nibbling,

And perhaps
at poppy popping up again. 7

She blushes
for blood of late bloomers, 8
hairy tiger paper god, 9
old new man. 10

We blush
for red man’s prairie grass,
green paper god,
yellow man’s golden spike.

She offers
oil for machines,
force for farms,

And if we request,

Let us request
and offer
Gilead’s Balm for thorns, 11
Praise of Sharon’s Rose. 12

Copyright (c) 2013, Dan Eumurian (Written around 1980)

Notes: Adulation and condemnation of 1Richard Nixon and of 2Jesus. No comparison is intended. 3Russia, 4India, 5Taiwan, 6Vietnam. 7The infamous Opium Wars of the mid-1800s. 8Chairman Mao’s cynical, short-lived liberalization. 9Mao. 10 11Jesus. See 12

Making Hay song

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