Scripture Verse

From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise. Matthew 21:16


Words: Caroline L. Rice, in the Me­tho­dist Epis­co­pal Hym­nal, 1877.

Music: Children’s Praise Jo­seph Barn­by (1838–1896) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Rice (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Joseph Barnby


Wilt Thou hear the voice of praise
Which the little children raise,
Thou who art, from endless days,
Glorious God of all?
While the circling year has sped,
Thou hast heavenly blessings shed,
Like the dew, upon each head;
Still on Thee we call.

Still Thy constant care bestow;
Let us each in wisdom grow,
And in favor while below,
With the God above.
In our hearts the Spi­rit mild,
Which adorned the Sav­ior child,
Gently soothe each impulse wild
To the sway of love.

Thine example, kept in view,
Jesus, help us to pursue;
Lead us all our journey through
By Thy guiding hand;
And when life on earth is o’er,
Where the blest dwell ev­er­more,
May we praise Thee and adore,
An unbroken band.