As helpless as a child who clings

As helpless as a child who clings

Author: James Drummond Burns
Published in 40 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 As helpless as a child who clings,
Fast to his father's arm,
And casts his weakness on the strength
That keeps him safe from harm;
So I, my Father, cling to Thee,
And every passing hour
Would link my earthly feebleness
To Thine Almighty power.

2 As trustful as a child who looks
Up in his mother's face,
And all his little griefs and fears
Forgets in her embrace;
So I to Thee, my Saviour, look
And in Thy face Divine,
Can read the love that will sustain
As weak a faith as mine.

3 As loving as a child who sits
Close by his parent's knee,
And knows no want while it can have
That sweet society;
So, sitting at Thy feet, my heart
Would all its love outpour,
And pray that Thou wouldst teach me, Lord,
To love Thee more and more.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #174

Author: James Drummond Burns

Burns, James Drummond, M.A., was born at Edinburgh, February 18, 1823. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Edinburgh. In 1845 he became Free Church minister of Dunblane, but resigned through failing health, in 1848, and took charge of the Presbyterian Church at Funchal, Madeira. In 1855 he became minister of Hampstead Presbyterian Church, London. Died at Mentone, Nov. 27, 1864, and was buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. His hymns appeared in:— (l) The Vision of Prophecy: and other Poems (Edin., Edmonston and Douglas). This was originally published in 1854, and enlarged in 1858. The Poems are distinguished by vivid colouring and poetic imagination, along with directness, delicacy of execution, pensive sweetness, and t… Go to person page >

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First Line: As helpless as a child who clings
Author: James Drummond Burns
Copyright: Public Domain


As helpless as the [a] child who clings. J. D. Burns. [Trust.] First published in his little book of prayers and hymns, The Evening Hymn, 1857, No. 9, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Childlike Trust." It is given in the Appendix to Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Collection, the new edition of Stowell's Collection (First ed., 1831), and others. It is a tender, childlike hymn, for private use, and is sometimes given as a hymn for children.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Carmina for Social Worship #d16

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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #171

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Gloria Deo #142

Hymnal for Schools #d11

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Hymns of Consecration and Faith #559

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Hymns of the Living Church #243

Hymns of the United Church #d22

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Hymns of the United Church #385

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In Excelsis for School and Chapel #184

In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d18

Melody for the Sunday School #d6

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Northfield Hymns for Young People #6

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Pilgrim Songs (Number Two) #173

Plymouth Sunday-School Hymnal #d10

Prayer and Praise Book #d14

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Select Songs No. 2 #159

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Songs of the Christian Life #255

Songs of Worship for the Sunday School #d16

Sunday School Harmonies No. 3 #d3

Sunday School Hymnal #d27

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Sunday School Service Book and Hymnal #61

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Sursum Corda #399

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The Baptist Church Hymnal #111

The Calvary Hymnal for Sunday School, Prayer Meeting and Church Service #d14

The Choral Hymnal #d10

The Church Hymnal #d23

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The Church Porch, a service book and hymnal for Sunday schools Rev. Ed. #131

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The Church Porch #120

The Friends' Hymnal #d37

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The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #a142

The Hymnal for Schools #d11

The Institute Hymnal #d10

The Methodist Hymn-Book with Tunes #508

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The New Alleluia #72

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The Packer Hymnal #153

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The School Hymnal #183

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #344

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Voices of Praise #174

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Winnowed Songs for Sunday Schools #156

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