Prayer for Children

Gracious Lord, our children see

Author: William Cowper
Published in 21 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Gracious Lord, our children see,
By thy mercy we are free;
But, shall these alas! remain
Subjects still of Satan's reign?
Israel's young ones, when of old
Pharaoh threatened to withhold;
Then thy messenger said, "No;
Let the children also go."

2 When the angel of the Lord
Drawing forth his dreadful sword,
Slew with an avenging hand,
All the first-born of the land;
Then thy people's doors he passed,
Where the bloody sign was placed;
Hear us now upon our knees,
Plead the blood of Christ for these!

3 Lord we tremble for we know
How the fierce malicious foe,
Wheeling round his watchful flight,
Keeps them ever in his sight:
Spread thy pinions King of kings!
Hide them safe beneath thy wings;
Lest the ravenous birds of prey
Stoop, and bear the brood away.

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians, 1803

Author: William Cowper

Cowper, William, the poet. The leading events in the life of Cowper are: born in his father's rectory, Berkhampstead, Nov. 26, 1731; educated at Westminster; called to the Bar, 1754; madness, 1763; residence at Huntingdon, 1765; removal to Olney, 1768; to Weston, 1786; to East Dereham, 1795; death there, April 25, 1800. The simple life of Cowper, marked chiefly by its innocent recreations and tender friendships, was in reality a tragedy. His mother, whom he commemorated in the exquisite "Lines on her picture," a vivid delineation of his childhood, written in his 60th year, died when he was six years old. At his first school he was profoundly wretched, but happier at Westminster; excelling at cricket and football, and numbering Warren Hasti… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Gracious Lord, our children see
Title: Prayer for Children
Author: William Cowper
Language: English


Gracious Lord, our children see. W. Cowper. [Prayer on behalf of Children.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii, No. 12, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled “A Prayer for Children," and signed "C." Its use in Great Britain is somewhat limited, but in America it is found in numerous collections. The reading of stanza i., “Gracious God, our children see," dates from Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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