From the first dawn of infant life. [ Charity School Sermon.] Anonymous, in Pratt's Collection, 1829, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and in C.M. In a few hymnals, as in the American Presbyterian Selection of Hymns, Philadelphia, 1861, it is altered to S.M. and begins, "From earliest dawn of life."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)