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
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Samuel Stennett (1727-1795)

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

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

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.