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
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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).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

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