Scripture Verse

They found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors. Luke 2:46

Introduction

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Henry U. Onderdonk
1789–1858

Words: Hen­ry U. On­der­donk, in the Pray­er Book Col­lec­tion 1826. This is an adap­ta­tion of See Is­ra­el’s Gen­tle Shep­herd Stand, by Phi­lip Dodd­ridge.

Music: Fran­co­nia (Kö­nig), in Har­mon­isch­er Lied­er-Schatz, by Jo­hann B. Kö­nig (Frank­furt, Ger­ma­ny: 1738). Har­mo­nized in Old Church Psal­mo­dy, by Will­iam H. Ha­ver­gal, 1847 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

The Savior kindly calls
Our children to His breast;
He folds them in His gracious arms,
Himself declares them blest.

Let them approach, He cries,
Nor scorn their humble claim;
The heirs of Heav’n are such as these,
For such as these I came.

With joy we bring them, Lord,
Devoting them to Thee,
Imploring that, as we are Thine,
Thine may our offspring be.