He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.@Isaiah 40:11
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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Fan­ny Cros­by, in Roy­al Di­a­dem, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry & How­ard Doane (New York and Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1873), page 90. Some hym­nals give the au­thor as El­la Dale, one of Fan­ny’s pseu­do­nyms.

Dor­dogne W. How­ard Doane, 1873 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Jesus Blessing the Children
Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907)

I am Jesus’ little friend;
On His mercy I depend;
If I try to please Him ever,
If I grieve His Spirit never,
O how very good to me
Will my Savior always be!

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I am Jesus’ little friend;
On His mercy I depend.

Very young and weak am I,
Yet He guides me with His eye;
In a pleasant path He leads me,
With a gentle hand He feeds me,
Chides me when I’m doing wrong,
Listens to my happy song.

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He is with me all the day,
With me in my busy play;
O’er my waking and my sleeping,
Jesus still a watch is keeping;
I can lay me down and rest,
Sweetly pillowed on His breast.

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I am Jesus’ little friend;
On His mercy I depend;
Jesus will forsake me never;
He will keep me safe forever;
How I wish my heart could be,
Loving Savior, more like Thee!

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