1 Children, come with joy and praise
And to God sweet anthems raise;
We shall hear the wondrous story
Of His goodness, might and glory,
And extol His holy name.
2 He, who sends His angels mild
To protect each little child,
From your birth has you befriended
And His arm to you extended
With a Father's loving care.
3 Of His blessing, rich and fair,
He was made the child and heir,
For He said His kingdom holy
Shall to those be given solely
Who like children have become.
4 When to Christ ye were baptized,
Ye beam the highly prized
Who His kingdom shall inherit
And be lifted by the Spirit
To a place with Him above.
5 When the world attempts to sway
You to leave His word and way,
Flee then to your heav'nly Father,
In His arms He will you gather
And protect you by His might.
6 Children, cast on Him your cares,
He will hear your childlike prayers.
He is here among us present
With His light and grace incessant
When we pray in Jesus' name.
Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #351