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


Pharaoh’s Daughter
Finding the Infant Moses

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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Carey Bonner
National Portrait Gallery

Creative Commons License


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.