Scripture Verse

Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

Introduction

portrait
François H. Barthélémon
(1741–1808)

Words: Will­iam Ro­bert­son, in the Scot­tish Es­tab­lished Church’s Hymns for Pub­lic Wor­ship, 1861.

Music: Morn­ing Hymn (Bar­thé­lé­mon) Fran­çois H. Bar­thé­lé­mon, 1785 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ro­bert­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Bar­thé­lé­mon, would you ?

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Christ and a Boy
Carl H. Bloch (1834–1890)

Lyrics

A little child the Savior came,
The Mighty God was still His name;
And angels worshiped as He lay
The seeming infant of a day.

He who, a little child, began
The life divine to show to man,
Proclaims from Heav’n the message free;
Let little children come to Me.

We bring them, Lord, and with the sign
Of sprinkled water name them Thine;
Their souls with saving grace endow;
Baptize them with Thy Spirit now.

O give Thine angels charge, good Lord,
Them safely in Thy way to guard;
Thy blessing on their lives command,
And write their names upon Thy hand.

O Thou, who by an infant’s tongue
Dost hear Thy perfect glory sung,
May these, with all the heav’nly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.