Scripture Verse

From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise. Psalm 8:2


J. Lincoln Hall (1866–1930)

Words: Lou­el­la Le­on­ard, in The Ser­vice of Praise, by J. Lin­coln Hall et al. (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hall-Mack, 1900), num­ber 194.

Music: J. Lin­coln Hall (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Hear the hap­py voic­es ring­ing,
All up­raised in joy­ous song;
Gladsome notes to Heav’n are wing­ing,
From the hap­py child­ish throng.
Sweet to hear God’s joy­ous child­ren,
Praising Him, their heav’n­ly king;
He will ev­er keep them shel­tered,
’Neath the sha­dow of His wing.


Ringing, ring­ing, ring­ing,
Hear the child­ren’s hap­py voic­es ring;
Singing, sing­ing, sing­ing,
Hear the hap­py child­ren sing­ing,
Ringing, ring­ing, ring­ing,
Hear the hap­py child­ish throng;
Music sweet is sound­ing,
On the air re­sound­ing,
Listen to the joy­ous song.

Hark! the mu­sic sweet is sound­ing,
On the per­fumed sum­mer air;
From the woods and fields re­sound­ing,
Nature an­swers ev­ery­where.
How the bright and hap­py faces,
Scatter sun­shine on the way;
With their win­some, smil­ing grac­es,
On this joy­ous Child­ren’s Day.


Flow’rs their pret­ty heads are bend­ing,
In the gen­tle sum­mer breeze;
Gold and crim­son soft­ly bend­ing,
With the green and wav­ing trees.
Streams are in the sun­light danc­ing,
Gliding swift­ly on their way;
In their ne­ver ceas­ing mo­tion,
Emblems of eter­nal day.