Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.@Proverbs 22:6

Pris­cil­la J. Ow­ens, in the Prayer and Praise Book, ed­it­ed by Wil­bur F. Pad­dock (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Fred­er­ick Sco­field, 1879).

So­chi Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick, in Peer­less Praise, ed­it­ed by John H. Kurz­en­kna­be (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1882), num­ber 101 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838–1921)

Growing up for Jesus,
We are truly blest;
In His smile is welcome,
In His arms our rest;
In His truth our treasure,
In His love our rule;
Growing up for Jesus
In our Sunday-school.

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Growing up for Jesus,
Till in Him complete;
Growing up for Jesus,
Oh, His work is sweet;
In His truth our treasure,
In His love our rule;
Growing up for Jesus
In our Sunday-school.

Not too young to love Him,
Little hearts beat true;
Not too young to serve Him
As the dewdrops do;
Not too young to praise Him,
Singing as we come;
Not too young to answer
When He calls us home.

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Growing up for Jesus,
Learning day by day;
How to follow onward
In the narrow way;
Seeking holy treasure,
Finding precious truth;
Growing up for Jesus
In our happy youth.

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