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Childhood's years are passing o'er us

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1 Childhood’s years are passing o’er us:
Soon our school days will be done;
Cares and sorrows lie before us,
Hidden dangers, snares unknown.

2 Oh! may He, who, meek and lowly,
Trod Himself this vale of woe,
Make us His, and keep us holy—
Guard and guide us while we go.

3 Hark! it is the Savior calling:
Little children, follow Me!
Jesus! keep our feet from falling;
Teach us all to follow Thee.

S4 oon we part—it may be never,
Never here to meet again;
Oh to meet in Heaven for ever!
Oh, the crown of life to gain.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9695

Author: William Dickson

Dickson, William, eldest surviving son of the late James Dickson, Edinburgh, was born at Edinburgh, July 24, 1817. After being educated at the High School and University of Edinburgh, he entered his father's business, which he still [1887] carries on. He is a prominent elder in the Free Church, has for many years taken a great interest in Sabbath School work, and has for more than 30 years edited The Free Church Children's Record. He has annually written a New Year's hymn since 1842. "Childhood's years are passing o'er us," his best known hymn, originally printed in 1841, as a leaflet for class use, was, in 1846, included in the 2nd part of the Sacred Song Book (see Bateman), and has since been included in many hymnals. [Rev. James Mearns,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Childhood's years are passing o'er us
Author: William Dickson (1872)
Copyright: Public Domain



SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9695
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