Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.@Matthew 19:14
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W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)

George C. Lorimer, in Brightest and Best, edited by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York & Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1875), number 114.

W. Howard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George C. Lorimer (1838–1904)

O Jesus, we bless Thee for that dear word,
The mothers of Salem so gladly heard;
The word that was tenderly breathed by Thee,
O suffer the children to come to Me.

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Blessèd Savior, we bring them,
Thine, Thine forever to be;
Yes, Thy mercy so tender
Calleth the children to Thee.

We thank Thee that children can come and share
Thy perfect redemption, Thy love and care;
That Thou dost permit them Thy lambs to be,
And kindly invite them to come to Thee.

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May we who instruct them be well supplied
With wisdom to arm them, and grace to guide;
O may our example and words agree,
While trying to lead them, dear Lord, to Thee.

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And when at the judgment we all appear,
O, grant us a welcome of joy to hear;
Permit us the light of Thy smile to see,
And bring the dear lambs of the fold to Thee.

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