Michael Apthorp

Full marks for the moving poem, ‘The Touch of the Master's Hand’, reprinted in your September issue with ‘author unknown’.

The author was in fact Myra Brooks Welch. Readers with Internet access who type her name into their search engine will easily find biographical information about her, as well as versions of the poem with minor but interesting variations from the one printed in AD2000.

With true humility, she offered the poem anonymously to her church bulletin, and its intrinsic merits ensured that it was widely circulated before its authorship became known. It may have been this initial anonymity that led some to feel free to ‘improve’ the poem, while its fame may have led others to learn it by heart and, years later, write it out from a fallible memory for republication.

Chapel Hill, Qld

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