Scripture Verse

Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned. Psalm 131:2

Introduction

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John Newton
1725–1807

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 3, num­ber 65. The child.

Music: Jesu, Je­su, du mein Hirt Paul Hein­lein, 1676 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Paul Heinlein
1626–1686

Lyrics

Quiet, Lord, my fro­ward heart,
Make me teach­able and mild,
Upright, sim­ple, free from art,
Make me as a wean­èd child:
From dis­trust and en­vy free,
Pleased with all that pleas­es Thee.

What Thou shalt today pro­vide,
Let me as a child receive;
What to­mor­row may betide,
Calmly to Thy wis­dom leave:
’Tis enough that Thou wilt care,
Why should I the bur­den bear?

As a lit­tle child re­lies
On a care be­yond his own;
Knows he’s neither strong nor wise,
Fears to stir a step alone:
Let me thus with Thee abide,
As my father, guard, and guide.

Thus pre­served from Sa­tan’s wiles,
Safe from dan­gers, free from fears;
May I live up­on Thy smiles,
Till the pro­mised hour ap­pears;
When the sons of God shall prove
All their Fa­ther’s bound­less love.