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Christian Children Must Be Holy

Christian children must be holy

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Published in 23 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Christian children must be holy,
Serving God from day to day;
Never is the time too early
For a Christian to obey.

2 He who is our great Example,
Let no moment run to loss;
Not one precious hour He wasted
From the cradle to the Cross.

3 Soon He sorrowed, soon He suffered;
We must meek and gentle be,
Little pain and childish trial
Ever bearing patiently

4 Soon He showed a Son's obedience;
We must early learn to do
Not our own will, but our Father's,
And be found obedient, too.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #460a

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

As a small girl, Cecil Frances Humphries (b. Redcross, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1818; Londonderry, Ireland, 1895) wrote poetry in her school's journal. In 1850 she married Rev. William Alexander, who later became the Anglican primate (chief bishop) of Ireland. She showed her concern for disadvantaged people by traveling many miles each day to visit the sick and the poor, providing food, warm clothes, and medical supplies. She and her sister also founded a school for the deaf. Alexander was strongly influenced by the Oxford Movement and by John Keble's Christian Year. Her first book of poetry, Verses for Seasons, was a "Christian Year" for children. She wrote hymns based on the Apostles' Creed, baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Ten Commandment… Go to person page >

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First Line: Christian children must be holy
Title: Christian Children Must Be Holy
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



This story is associated with the writing of RATHBUN: One Sunday in 1849 Ithamar Conkey (b. Shutesbury, MA, 1815; d. Elizabeth, NJ, 1867) walked out of the morning service at Central Baptist Church, Norwich, Connecticut, where he was choir director and organist, frustrated because only one soprano f…

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Instances (1 - 23 of 23)

A New Service and Tune Book for Sunday Schools. New ed. #d19

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Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other services #58

Augsburg Songs, Nos. l and 2 Combined #d42

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #460a

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #460b

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Boundless Love #87

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Christian Hymns #295

Gems from Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other Services #d19

New Service and Tune Book for Sunday School #d19

Our Sunday School Hymnody #d13

Service and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d19

Sunday School Hymns and Tunes #d13

The Children's Hymnal (with tunes) #d36

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The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #30

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The Church and Sunday-School Hymnal #229

The Hymns from the Children's Hymnal; with a Service, for Sunday Schools #d35

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The New Children's Hymnal #50

The Primary Hymnal #d16

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The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #19

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #227

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Voices of Praise #57

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