Scripture Verse

Let the children come to Me.@Matthew 19:14

Words: H. W. Por­ter, in Sel., ed­it­ed by Will­iam F. Sher­win (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1881), page 181.

Music: Ko­be James R. Mur­ray, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James R. Murray
(1841–1905)

Lyrics

In lands full of darkness
Across the blue wave,
Are many dear children
The Lord died to save;
Who, reaching out hands
From far over the sea,
Are pleading for light
Shining on us so free.

No kind Christian parents
To show them the way,
To tell them of Jesus,
To teach them to pray;
To lead them in pathways
Of wisdom and truth,
And teach them the love
Of our God in their youth.

No Bible to brighten
Their pathway of gloom,
No hope full of glory
Beyond the dark tomb;
No promise of God
The sad soul to sustain,
No knowledge that death
To the Christian is gain.

No Jesus, no Bible—
How sad is the sight,
While here o’er our pathway
The Gospel shines bright;
Lord, open our hearts
To the poor children there,
To give them the Bible,
Our help, and our prayer.