Treasures by Martha Snell Nicholson (Review)

Treasures Devotional Poems by Martha Snell Nicholson (1886-1957) was first reprinted in 1992 and then again in 2016 by Abeka. It is only 52 pages long. I loved this short book of poetry. It captures Martha's reactions to the loss of her husband and sister, conveys her struggle with not being able to have children and chronic illness, and faith. Much of her work is very expensive and out of print. This is one recent reprint that is affordable and worth reading.

"Though an invalid most of her life, Martha Snell Nicholson was used of God to inspire many through her poetry. During her life, she wrote hundreds of poems of praise and encouragement that your students will find spiritually uplifting. The poems were originally printed in the publications of early radio broadcasters such as The Haven of Rest and The Old-Fashioned Revival Hour and then collected and published by Moody Press in 1952. Abeka is pleased to bring 46 of these treasures back into print in this excellent resource for speech class (gr. 11–12) or other performance venues. Spiral-bound."

Get it from Abeka here for a reasonable price.

Sample Poem: 

Pain knocked upon my door and said
That she had come to stay;
And though I would not welcome her
But bade her go away,

She entered in. Like my own shade
She followed after me,
And from her stabbing, stinging sword
No moment was I free.

And then one day another knocked
Most gently at my door.
I cried, “No, Pain is living here,
There is no room for more”.

And then I heard His tender voice,
” ‘Tis I, be not afraid”.
And from the day He entered in —
The difference it made!

For though He did not bid her leave,
(My strange, unwelcome guest,)
He taught me how to live with her.
Oh, I had never guessed

That we could dwell so sweetly here,
My Lord and Pain and I,
Within this fragile house of clay
While years slip slowly by! 

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