Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise.@Matthew 21:16

F. E. Pettingell, 1890. Appeared in Fair as the Morning, edited by John H. Kurzenknabe & William W. Bentley (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: J. H. Kurzenknabe & Sons, 1891), number 95.

Farringdon John H. Kurzenknabe (🔊 pdf nwc).

John H. Kurzenknabe (1840–1927)

Above earth’s din and turmoil
The Christmas music rings,
And back to Heaven’s portals
The angel chorus wings.


And in that joyous choral
The children’s notes must blend,
For Jesus came to bless them,
He is the children’s friend.

A Babe of lowly advent,
A well belovèd Son,
He knows the needs of children,
He loves each little one.


A life sublime, unselfish,
A life of love He knew,
That He might be our pattern,
Might be the children’s, too.