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Can a Little Child Like Me

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1 Can a little child like me
thank the Father fittingly?
Yes, O yes! be good and true,
patient, kind in all you do;
love the Lord and do your part;
learn to say with all your heart,

Father, we thank thee! Father, we thank thee!
Father in heaven, we thank thee!

2 For the fruit upon the tree,
for the birds that sing of thee,
for the earth in beauty dressed,
father, mother, and the rest,
for thy precious, loving care,
for thy bounty ev'rywhere, [Refrain]

3 For the sunshine warm and bright,
for the day and for the night,
for the lessons of our youth--
honor, gratitude, and truth--
for the love that met us here,
for the home and for the cheer, [Refrain]

4 For our comrades and our plays,
and our happy holidays,
for the joyful work and true
that a little child may do,
for our lives but just begun,
for the great gift of thy Son, [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #182

Author (attributed to): Mary Mapes Dodge

Mary Mapes Dodge is the often referred to as the "leader in juvenile literature" (Clarke, 1059), for she helped create and perpetuate the most widely circulated and read children's magazine during a time when American printing technology greatly improved and enabled the mass production of magazines and books. Dodge was born on January 26, 1831 in New York City. She grew up in a prominent family with two sisters. Her "own reminiscences were of 'a devoted father and mother and a happy childhood, a remarkably happy childhood, watched over with loving care'" (Gannon 3). Beginning in her early childhood, Dodge and her sisters were educated by a tutor in their home. Their father introduced them to a large variety of literature from the Bible to S… Go to person page >

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First Line: Can a little child like me
Title: Can a Little Child Like Me
Author (attributed to): Mary Mapes Dodge
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Father, we thank thee!
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Book of Praise #441


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