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

Lettie Hathaway, in Chapel Gems for Sunday Schools, edited by George F. Root & Benjamin R. Hanby (Chicago, Illinois: Root & Cady, 1866), page 6.

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George F. Root (1820–1895)

Happy hearts children bring,
Now to God the offering;
Sing His praise, learn His ways,
On this best, this best of days.
God is love, then let us sing,
Praises to our Savior King.

Thankful hearts children bring,
As a tribute to their king;
God is near, Father, hear,
And accept our humble prayer.
God is love, and children raise
Thankful hearts in songs of praise.

Loving hearts children bring,
Angels bear the offering,
To the Lamb, blessèd name,
Angels catch the joyful strain.
God is love, and angels join,
Our glad chorus round the throne.