Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.@Matthew 19:14

William M. Hutchings, 1850. This hymn was written for the anniversary of St. Paul’s Chapel Sunday School, Wigan, Eng­land.

Salem (Methfessel), Johann Methfessel’s Allgemeine Commers- und Liederbuch, 1818 (🔊 pdf nwc).

When mothers of Salem
Their children brought to Jesus,
The stern disciples drove them back
And bade them to depart:
But Jesus saw them ere they fled
And sweetly smiled and kindly said,
Suffer little children to come unto Me.

For I will receive them
And fold them to My bosom:
I’ll be a shepherd to these lambs,
O drive them not away;
For if their hearts to Me they give,
They shall with Me in glory live:
Suffer little children to come unto Me.

How kind was our Savior
To bid these children welcome!
But there are many thousands
Who have never heard His name;
The Bible they have never read,
They know not that the Savior said,
Suffer little children to come unto Me.

O soon may the heathen
Of every tribe and nation
Fulfill Thy blessèd Word and cast
Their idols all away!
O shine upon them from above
And show Thyself a God of love,
Teach the little children to come unto Thee!