Scripture Verse

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19


John Ellerton

Words: John El­ler­ton, 1886. Written at White Rod­ing and pub­lished in his Hymns, 1888.

Music: St. Ken­elm Charles H. Steg­gall, in Hymns for the Church of Eng­land, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Charles H. Steggall


O Father, bless the children
Brought hither to Thy gate;
Lift up their fallen nature,
Restore their lost estate;
Renew Thine image in them,
And own them, by this sign,
The very sons and daughters
New born of birth divine.

O Jesu, Lord, receive them;
Thy loving arms of old
Were opened wide to welcome
The children to Thy fold;
Let these, baptized, and dying,
Then rising from the dead,
Henceforth be living members
Of Thee, their living head.

O Holy, Spirit, keep them;
Dwell with them to the last,
Till all the fight is ended,
And all the storms are past.
Renew the gift baptismal,
From strength to strength, till each
The troublous waves o’ercoming,
The land of life shall reach.

O Father, Son, and Spirit,
O wisdom, love, and power,
We wait the promised blessing
In this accepted hour!
We name upon the children
The threefold name divine;
Receive them, cleanse them, own them,
And keep them ever Thine.