Scripture Verse

Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Luke 18:16


Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Bright­est and Best, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & How­ard Doane (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1875), num­ber 48.

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)


How sweet the call of mer­cy,
Inviting ev­ery heart
To come and love their Sav­ior,
Ere youth­ful days de­part;
’Tis in the Holy Bi­ble,
These pre­cious words we see:
Forbid ye not the child­ren,
But let them come to Me.


Coming, yes, we’re com­ing,
Coming, yes, we’re com­ing,
Coming, yes, we’re com­ing,
Dear Sav­ior, to Thy fold.
(repeat soft­ly)

O may His Spi­rit teach us
To know and do the right;
To walk as He com­mands us,
That we may see the light;
The bless­èd light that shin­eth
Along the nar­row way,
And al­ways grow­eth bright­er,
Unto the per­fect day.


Our Sav­ior loves the child­ren,
On them His hands He laid,
Within His arms He held them,
And blessed them while He prayed;
And still His mer­cy calls them;
Just now we hear Him say:
I want your hearts, dear child­ren,
I want your love to­day.