Scripture Verse

Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14

Introduction

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Samuel Stennett
(1727–1795)

Words: Sam­u­el Sten­nett, in a Se­lect­ion of Hymns, by John Rip­pon, 1787.

Music: Bless­ed In­fancy, in A Com­pil­a­tion of Gen­u­i­ne Church Mu­sic, by Jo­seph Funk, se­cond ed­i­tion, 1835 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

Lyrics

Thy life I read, my dearest Lord,
With transport all divine;
Thine image trace in every word,
Thy love in every line,
Thy love in every line.

Methinks I see a thousand charms
Spread o’er Thy lovely face,
While infants in Thy tender arms
Receive the smiling grace,
Receive the smiling grace.

I take these little lambs, said He,
And lay them in My breast;
Protection they shall find in Me,
In Me be ever blest,
In Me be ever blest.

Death may the bands of life unloose,
But can’t dissolve My love;
Millions of infant souls compose,
The family above,
The family above.