631. A little child the Saviour came

1 A little child the Saviour came,
the mighty God was still his name,
and angels worshipped as he lay
the seeming infant of a day.

2 He who, a little child, began
to show the world God's loving plan,
proclaims from heaven the message free,
'Let little children come to me.'

3 We bring them, Lord, and with the sign
of sprinkled water name them thine:
their souls with saving grace endow;
baptize them with thy Spirit now.

4 O give thine angels charge, good Lord,
them safely in thy way to guard;
thy blessing on their lives command,
and write their names upon thy hand.

5 O thou, who by an infant's tongue
dost hear thy perfect glory sung,
may these, with all the heavenly host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Text Information
First Line: A little child the Saviour came
Author: William Robertson (1820-1864)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: LM
Scripture: Isaiah 49:15-16; Luke 2:13-14; Luke 18:16-17; Mark 10:13-16; Matthew 18:10; Matthew 19:13-15; Psalm 8:1-2; Psalm 91:11-12
Topic: The Holy Spirit: The Church Celebrates - Holy Baptism; Angels; Children
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: David Evans (1874-1948)
Meter: LM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Adapted from a melody in La Forme des Prières et Chants Ecclésiastiques, Strasbourg, 1545
Copyright: Harmonisation © Oxford University Press

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