Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise.@Matthew 21:16
Horace L. Hastings (1831–1899)

Possibly by Horace L. Hastings, 1881; appeared in his Songs of Pilgrimage, second edition (Boston, Massachusetts: Scriptural Tract Repository, 1888), number 1306.

Greenville from the opera Le Devin du Village (The Village Soothsayer), by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1752 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)

Children, hail the holy Stranger
Who descended from above;
Who in Bethlehem’s lowly manger
Showed the Father’s boundless love.


Babe of Bethlehem renownèd,
Bearer of man’s sin and pain,
Now with wondrous glory crownèd,
Blessèd Stranger, come again.

Wave on high your palms before Him;
Loud your glad hosannas sing;
With the voice of praise adore Him,
Hail Him as the children’s king!


While the proud and great are scorning,
Higher sound the rapturous lays!
For from lips of little children,
Hath the Lord perfected praise.