Friends of the poor, the young, the weak,
Regard our humble train;
Compassion at your hands we seek;
Shall children plead in vain?
Were you not children once?--Renew
The time when young as we;
Think of the friends that nourish'd you,
And hearken to our plea.
Are there not feelings from above,
In every heart that reign?
The pulse, the voice, the look of love:--
Shall Nature plead in vain?
Have you no dear ones round your hearth,
As weak and young as we?
Think, if like ours had been their birth,
Could you resist the plea?
Have you not known a Saviour's grace,
For man's redemption slain?
Behold that Saviour in our place;--
Shall Jesus plead in vain?
No;--by His early griefs and tears,
When poor and young as we;
By all His woes in after years,
Accept your Saviour's plea.
Sacred Poems and Hymns
Friends of the poor, the young, the weak. J. Montgomery. Poor Children's Plea.] This hymn is intended to be sung by children in Orphan Homes and Institutions of a like kind, at their yearly and other gatherings. It is a plea for sympathy and material help. It appeared in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 424, and in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 312, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Choral Harp for Sunday Schools #d38||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak||James Mongtomery||1865|
|Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1049||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak!||Montgomery||1855|
|Sacred Poems and Hymns #312||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak||James Montgomery||18.104.22.168||1854|
|The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1049||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak!||Montgomery||1857|
|The Gospel Psalmist #786||Plea for Poor Children||Friends of the poor, the young||Montgomery||1861||Christian Philanthropy and Reform ||
|The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d130||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak||James Mongtomery||1834|
|Waters' Choral Harp: a new and superior collection of choice hymns and tunes, mostly new, written and composed for Sunday schools, missionary, revival, and social meetings, and for church worship #113||Friends of the poor, the young, the weak||1863|