Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them.@Luke 18:16
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Charles H. Gabriel (1856-1932)

Nannie B. Kreps, 1897.

Charles H. Gabriel (🔊 pdf nwc). Some hymnals show the composer as H. A. Henry, one of Gabriel’s pseudonyms.

Jesus loves the little children,
And though sinful I may be,
Yet He calls me, sweetly calls me,
Little one, come to Me.

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Jesus dearly loves us,
He loves us, He loves us,
Jesus dearly loves us,
The Bible tells us so.

Oh, I want to be like Jesus,
Meek and gentle, pure and mild;
Softly speaking, helping others,
Just as a little child.

Refrain

If I try to serve and praise Him,
He will send an angel band
To protect and guide me ever,
Holding me by the hand.

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