Author of the Lyrics
The author of the lovely
words of the "Pearl of Great Price" lyrics, Birdie Bell (early 1800's-late 1800's),
was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States and
achieved fame as a hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Pearl of Great Price", John Robson Sweney (December 31, 1837-April 10, 1899),
was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States and
became famous as a teacher, chorister musician and composer of more than 1,000 Gospel songs.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Pearl of Great Price
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Birdie Bell (early 1800's
to late 1800's)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John Robson Sweney (December 31, 1837 to
April 10, 1899)
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "There is a gift of wondrous price, God has within His keeping"
First Publication Date:
Pearl of Great Price Lyrics
There is a gift of wondrous price,
God has within His keeping;
But we forget this goodly pearl,
While earthly treasures heaping.
Oh, seek this pearl, this precious pearl,
For it can never perish;
The Word of God makes known its worth,
And bids us own and cherish.
The gems of earth soon fail to charm,
They satisfy no yearning—
Then let us prize this gift of God,
Its value rare discerning.
For having this, the pearl of price,
Its pure delight possessing,
Ours souls enjoy an endless peace,
And God's eternal blessing.