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

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.

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

Walter J. Mathams (1853–1931)

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.