Scripture Verse

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


James Montgomery (1771–1854)
National Portrait Gallery


Words: James Mont­go­me­ry, Orig­in­al Hymns for Pub­lic, Pri­vate and So­cial De­vo­tion, 1853, num­ber 325. Mont­go­me­ry wrote these words for the Lon­don Sun­day School Ju­bi­lee.

Music: Hum­mel Hein­rich C. Zeu­ner, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Hosanna! be the child­ren’s song,
To Christ, the child­ren’s king;
His praise, to whom our souls be­long,
Let all the child­ren sing.

Hosanna! sound from hill to hill,
And spread from plain to plain,
While loud­er, sweet­er, clear­er still,
Woods ec­ho to the strain.

Hosanna! on the wings of light
O’er earth and ocean fly,
Till morn to eve, and noon to night,
And Hea­ven to earth, rep­ly.

Hosanna! then, our song shall be;
Hosanna to our king!
This is the child­ren’s ju­bi­lee;
Let all the child­ren sing.