Let little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.@Luke 18:16

Car­rie V. Ha­mil­ton, in Fair­er Than Day, en­larged ed­i­tion (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1903), page 192.

Pyong­yang Will­iam E. Marks (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William E. Marks (1872–1954)

The children are flowers from God’s home above;
The brightest, best flowers—the gifts of His love.
We then bid you welcome on this festive day,
With smiles and glad voices, oh, praise Him for aye.

Refrain

Welcome, welcome,
Welcome glad Children’s Day;
Welcome, welcome,
We love thy return alway.

The breath of the flowers falls sweet on the air;
It comes like the answer to true fervent prayer.
The birds from the treetops now join in the song,
Then sing from your hearts and His praises prolong.

Refrain

The flowers, the birds and the children we find,
Bear God’s loving tokens to all of mankind.
Then welcome, ye children to God’s house today,
’Tis Jesus who bids you, oh, turn not away.

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