1 Great Saviour, who didst condescend
Young children in Thine arms t'embrace,
Still prove Thyself the infants' friend,
Baptize them with Thy cleansing grace.
2 Whilst in the slippery paths of youth,
Be Thou their Guardian and their Guide,
That they, directed by Thy truth,
May never from Thy precepts slide.
3 To love Thy word their hearts incline,
To understand it, light impart;
O Saviour, consecrate them Thine,
Take full possession of their heart.
Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #505
Great Saviour, Who didst condescend. [Public Worship.] This children's hymn for use in Public Worship was given anonymously in Rowland Hill's Hymns for the Use of Sunday Schools, 1808, No. 177, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1812 it was repeated in a Bristol Sunday School Hymn Book; in 1836 in the Congregational Hymn Book; and again in others to modern hymn-books in Great Britain and America, including the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, &c. [William T.Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)