Behold what condescending love

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1 Behold what condescending love
Jesus on earth displays!
To babes and sucklings he extends
The riches of his grace!

2 He still the ancient promise keeps,
To our forefathers giv'n;
Young children in his arms he takes,
And calls them heirs of heav'n.

3 "Permit them to approach," he cries,
"Nor scorn their humble name;
For 'twas to bless such souls as these,
The Lord of angels came."

4 We bring them, Lord, with thankful hearts,
And yield them up to thee;
Joyful that we ourselves are thine,
Thine may our offspring be.

5 Kindly receive this tender branch,
And form his soul for God;
Baptize him with thy spirit, Lord,
And wash him with thy blood.

6 ["Thus to their parents and their seed
Let thy salvation come;
And num'rous households meet at last,
In one eternal home."]

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #217

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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Behold what condescending love. J. Peacock. [Christ blessing Children.] First published in his Songs of Praise, compiled from the Holy Scriptures, 1776, p. 50, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, No. 261; the Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878, No. 828; and Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 1142 (dated 1806 in error), is a cento thus composed:—stanzas i., ii., iii., Peacock as above; stanza iv., Doddridge from his "See Israel's gentle Shepherd stand," stanza iii.; but in both cases slightly altered. The cento has its origin in that which was given in Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, 1776, No. 120, in 6 stanzas of which (with alterations) stanzas i.-iv. are taken. [William T. Brooke] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #217

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d60

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #575

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies and Families 16ed. #541

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A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d30

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #305

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d54

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d115

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #465

Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d34

Family and Social Melodies #d43

Free Methodist Hymnal #d65

Gospel Hymns #d57

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #448

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #448

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #828

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #828

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #261

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #249

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #510

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #510

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #510

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #510

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The Little Sower for Sabbath Schools #133

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #663

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #663

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