God's dear child, returning home

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1 God's dear child, returning home,
Suffer, in Thy love, to come,
Holy Child, to THEE.

2 And Thy gentle hands to bless,
Lay in brotherly caress,
Holy Child, on me.

3 Let my joy be in the thought
That I was in childhood brought
Holy Child, to Thee:

4 Let my hope be in the grace
That will never turn Thy face,
Holy Child, from me.

5 All my work, with all my might,
Let me do as in Thy sight,
Holy Child for Thee;

6 And before the Father's throne,
O, present it as Thine own,
Holy Child, for me.

7 In my pleasant hours of play
Be not ever far away,
Holy Child, from me.

8 Let me, all the happy while,
Have the comfort of a smile,
Holy Child, from Thee.

9 All my sins, repented sore,
Let them be a grief no more,
Holy Child, to Thee.

10 Put the pure and seamless dress
Of Thy perfect righteousness,
Holy Child, on me.

11 Turn my heart, when sins surprise,
And temptations in me rise,
Holy Child, to Thee;

12 And with Thy dear Word of might
Satan put again to flight,
Holy Child, from me.

13 Fix my thoughts, and rest my heart,
(Choosing thus the better part,)
Holy Child, on Thee.

14 Never let my footsteps stray,
Nor Thy Spirit take away,
Holy Child, from me.

15 Thy dear will my will control,
Be the sunshine of my soul,
Holy Child, in Thee;

16 And my only shade or night,
When Thou dost not shed Thy light,
Holy Child, on me.

17 By Thy Father's love divine,
Fill with love this soul of mine,
Holy Child, for Thee.

18 By Thy Mother's tears and grief,
In my sorrows bring relief,
Holy Child, to me.

19 For the blessing of the Dove
That hath settled from above,
Holy Child, on me.

20 To the Father laud and praise,
Offered be, through all my days,
Holy Child, by Thee.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #314

Author: John S. B. Monsell

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

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First Line: God's dear child, returning home
Author: John S. B. Monsell
Refrain First Line: Holy Child, to thee



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