O the Beautiful Treasure

This hymn, sometimes called "The Beautiful Treasures of Heaven", is attributed as a Shaker gift song, 1849.   There are a number of variations in the arrangement and pattern / repetitions of the first line in each verse.

As a Shaker song, today it would be performed as a unison song, likely unaccompanied.   However a number of choral arrangements and have been created more recently - some of these are linked below.

Recent hymn-books which it has been published in include:
although it is very likely to have been included in earlier Shaker collections as well.



Downloads


Arrangements for purchase


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The Beautiful Treasure
Composed by Haan. For SATB choir, keyboard, and flute. Ash Wednesday. Easy-Moderately Easy. Published by Concordia Publishing House (CR.98-3758U1).

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Shaker Suite: Three Shaker Spirituals
Composed by Nina Gilbert (arranger). For SSAA choir (a cappella). Spirituals, Folk Hymns. Easy-Medium. Choral octavo. Text language: English. Published by Treble Clef Music Press (TC.TC-162).

On-line examples


Lyrics:

O the beautiful treasure laid up for the wise,
How precious the value, how glorious the prize.
Far brighter than riches on princes’ brow,
And richer than royalty can bestow.
O the beautiful treasure laid up for the wise,
How precious the value, how glorious the prize.

O the beautiful treasure provided by God,
And promised to good people who follow the word;
And streams of sweet mercy shall bring them home
To rest from the sorrowful paths they roam.
O the beautiful treasure provided by God
And promised to good people who follow the word.

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