Scripture Verse

Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16

Introduction

Words: John A. Fra­ser, Jr., in Lit­tle Branch­es, by Charles H. Ga­bri­el & Will­iam S. Nick­le (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Mey­er & Bro­thers, 1893), num­ber 4.

Music: Fred Wel­den (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Fra­ser or Wel­den (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Jesus loves child­ren, the Bi­ble says so;
He will be with them wher­ev­er they go,
Shield them from harm thro’ the dark­ness of night,
Guide them and help them all day to do right.

Refrain

Shout the glad news to each one you meet,
Jesus loves ev­en the waifs of the street.

Suffer the child­ren to come un­to Me,
Those words He spoke be­side blue Ga­li­lee;
Not the rich on­ly, His sweet mes­sage greets,
Jesus loves ev­en the waifs of the streets.

Refrain

Ragged and tat­tered and hun­gry, the waif
May to the Sav­ior re­pair and be safe;
Christ once was friend­less and hun­gry and poor,
That’s why He pi­ties the waifs at the door.

Refrain