Prayers for Infants; or Children, Day by Day Given to God

Great God, now condescend

Author: John Fellows
Published in 136 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Great God, now condescend
To bless our rising race;
Soon may their willing spirits bend,
The subjects of thy grace.

2 Oh, what a pure delight
Their happiness to see;
Our warmest wishes all unite
To lead their souls to thee.

3 Now bless, thou God of love,
The word of truth divine;
Send thy good Spirit from above,
And make these children thine.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs, ancient and modern for use in the prayer-meeting #496

Author: John Fellows

Fellows, John. Date of birth unknown; d. 1785. He was the author of the following:— (1) Grace Triumphant, a Sacred Poem in nine books, 1770; (2) Bromsgrove Elegy, in blank verse, on the Death of Rev. G. Whitefield, 1771; (3) An Elegy on the Death of Dr. Gill, 1771; (4) Hymns on Believers' Baptism, Birmingham, 1773; (5) The Apostle Paul's Defence before Felix, in verse, 1775; (6) Hymns in a great variety of Metres, on the Perfection of the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, 1776; (7) The History of the Holy Bible, attempted in easy verse, 4 vols., 1777; (8) Six Instructive Views of Believers' Baptism, a tract published both separately and as an Introduction to the 2nd edition of his “Hymns on Believers' Baptism" 1777; (9) A Fa… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Great God, now condescend
Title: Prayers for Infants; or Children, Day by Day Given to God
Author: John Fellows
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Great God, now condescend. J. Fellows. [Holy Baptism.] Appeared in his Infants Devoted to God, but not Baptized, 1773, No. 22, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1787, 5 stanzas were given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, as No. 336, and this has become the recognised form of the hymn. It is in extensive use, especially in America, and is one of the best known of Fellows's hymns.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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The Baptist Hymnal #574

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