Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.@Matthew 19:14
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James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849-1936)

James H. Fillmore, Sr., Joy and Gladness (Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Brothers, 1880) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Jesus said of little children,
Suffer them to come to Me,
For to such My heavenly kingdom
Shall a home of welcome be.

I love Him, He loves me,
And His child I want to be,
For He said the little children,
And I know that He means me.

When I try to be like Jesus—
Patient, gentle, meek and mild,
Then it is He smiles and loves me,
Then He owns me as His child.
I love Him, He loves me,
And His child I’ll try to be,
For He said the little children,
And I know that He means me.

Every day, as I grow older,
More I’ll try to do His will,
Growing wiser, stronger, better,
Every duty to fulfill.
I’ll love Him, He’ll love me,
His disciple I will be,
For He said the little children,
And I know that He means me.