Christian children must be holy

Christian children must be holy

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Published in 23 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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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

Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: Christian children must be holy
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
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)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #188Page Scan
A New Service and Tune Book for Sunday Schools. New ed. #d19
Augsburg Songs for Sunday Schools and other services #58Page Scan
Augsburg Songs, Nos. l and 2 Combined #d42
Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #460aTextPage Scan
Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #460bTextPage Scan
Boundless Love: for Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings #87TextAudioPage Scan
Christian Hymns: for church, school and home: with music #295TextPage Scan
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 Book for ... Evangelical Lutheran Congregations, by Authority of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in North America #d34
Sunday School Hymns and Tunes #d13
The Children's Hymnal (with tunes) #d36
The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #30Page Scan
The Church and Sunday-School Hymnal #229Page Scan
The Hymns from the Children's Hymnal; with a Service, for Sunday Schools #d35
The New Children's Hymnal #d41
The Primary Hymnal #d16
The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #19Page Scan
The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #227Page Scan
Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #57TextPage Scan
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