Scripture Verse

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place? Psalm 24:3

Introduction

Words: Wal­ter J. Math­ams, 1882. Math­ams wrote these words in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, at the re­quest of the Psalms and Hymns Com­mit­tee of the Scott­ish Bap­tist Un­ion, which pub­lished it in the 1882 Psalms and Hymns for School and Home.

Music: Cut­tle Mills Will­iam J. Griff­ith, in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 366 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Grif­fith (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Walter J. Mathams
(1853–1931)

Lyrics

Jesus, friend of little children,
Be a friend to me;
Take my hand, and ever keep me
Close to Thee.

Teach me how to grow in goodness,
Daily as I grow;
Thou hast been a child, and surely
Thou dost know.

Step by step O lead me onward,
Upward into youth;
Wiser, stronger, still becoming
In Thy truth.

Never leave me, nor forsake me;
Ever be my friend;
For I need Thee, from life’s dawning
To its end.