Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

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

Music: Far­ring­don John H. Kurz­en­kna­be (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pet­tin­gell’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of her (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
John H. Kurzenknabe
(1840–1927)

Lyrics

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

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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

Refrain