Scripture Verse

Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. This is one of the Hebrew babies, she said. Exodus 2:5


Words: Flor­ence Hoat­son, in Songs for Lit­tle Peo­ple (New York: Ab­ing­don Press, 1905), num­ber 13.

Music: Car­ey Bon­ner, 1912 (🔊 pdf nwc). Some sourc­es show the com­pos­er as Her­mann von Müll­er, one of Bon­ner’s pseu­do­nyms.

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

Carey Bonner (1859–1938)
National Portrait Gallery



Pharaoh’s Daughter Finds Moses on the Nile
The Bible Revival

Who will take lit­tle ba­by?
I, said the wa­ter deep.
Baby will float in his cra­dle boat
And I shall rock him to sleep.

Who will hide lit­tle ba­by?
We, said the rush­es tall.
Safely we’ll hide the ba­by in­side,
That no­bo­dy sees him at all.

Who will watch o’er the baby?
Miriam whis­pers, I.
I’m sure to hear if the ba­by dear
Gives ev­en a ti­ny, soft cry.

Who will guard lit­tle baby?
Out on the wa­ters blue?
Silently sleep, ba­by, safe­ly sleep,
For God will take care of you.