Scripture Verse

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


Horace L. Hastings

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

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

Alternate Tune:

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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.