Scripture Verse

The Child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him. Luke 2:40

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1914. Pub­lished in Joy to the World, ed­it­ed by Ed­win O. Ex­cell (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Hope Pub­lish­ing, 1915), num­ber 162.

Music: Do­nau W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Lyrics

Once Jesus was a child like me,
But O, so kind and true;
His ever watchful eye can see
The very things I do.

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Yes, Jesus was a child like me,
But O, so pure and true;
My blessèd Savior He will be,
If I but love Him, too.

He played upon the village street,
In such a pleasant way;
And ran with glad and willing feet,
His parents to obey.

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I want to be His little child,
And more like Him to grow;
And ever truthful, good and mild,
Because He loves me so.

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And now to Jesus I will pray,
To pardon me from sin;
And if I serve Him every day,
His blessing I shall win.

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