As helpless as a child who clings

As helpless as a child who clings

Author: James Drummond Burns
Published in 38 hymnals

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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


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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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #344Page Scan
Carmina for Social Worship #d16
Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #171Page Scan
Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #142AudioPage Scan
Hymnal for Schools #d11
Hymns of the Living Church #243Page Scan
Hymns of the United Church #d22
Hymns of the United Church #385Page Scan
In Excelsis for School and Chapel #184Page Scan
In Excelsis for School and Chapel. l7th ed. #d18
Melody for the Sunday School #d6
Northfield Hymns for Young People #6Page Scan
Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d19
Plymouth Sunday-School Hymnal #d10
Prayer and Praise Book #d14
Select Songs No. 2: for the singing service in the prayer meeting; Sunday school; Christian Endeavor meetings #159Page Scan
Songs of the Christian Life #255Page Scan
Songs of Worship for the Sunday School #d16
Sunday School Harmonies No. 3 #d3
Sunday School Hymnal #d27
Sunday School Service Book and Hymnal #61Page Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #399Page Scan
The Baptist Church Hymnal: chants and anthems with music #111Page Scan
The Calvary Hymnal for Sunday School, Prayer Meeting and Church Service #d14
The Choral Hymnal #d10
The Church Hymnal #d23
The Church Porch, a service book and hymnal for Sunday schools Rev. Ed. #131Page Scan
The Church Porch: a service book and hymnal for Sunday schools #120Page Scan
The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d37
The Hymnal for Schools #d11
The Institute Hymnal #d10
The Methodist Hymn-Book with Tunes #508
The New Alleluia: a collection of hymns and tunes for the Church School, and the mid-week meeting #72Page Scan
The Packer Hymnal #153Page Scan
The School Hymnal #183Page Scan
The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #344Page Scan
Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #174TextPage Scan
Winnowed Songs for Sunday Schools #156Page Scan
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