It Fell Upon a Summer Day

It fell upon a summer day

Author: Stopford A. Brooke
Tune: CHILDHOOD (Student's Hymnal, Wales)
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1 It fell upon a summer day,
when Jesus walked in Galilee,
the mothers from a village brought
their children to his knee.

2 He took them in his arms, and laid
his hands on each remembered head;
"Allow these little ones to come
to me,' he gently said.

3 'Forbid them not; unless ye bear
the childlike heart your hearts within,
unto my kingdom ye may come,
but may not enter in.'

4 My Lord, I fain would enter there;
O let me follow thee, and share
thy meek and lowly heart, and be
freed from all worldly care.

5 O happy thus to live and move,
and sweet this world, where I shall find
God’s beauty everywhere, his love,
his good in humankind.

6 Then, Father, grant this childlike heart,
that I may come to Christ, and feel
his hands on me in blessing laid,
love-giving, strong to heal.

Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #331

Author: Stopford A. Brooke

Brooke, Stopford Augustus, M.A., was born at Letterkenny, Donegal, Nov. 14, 1832, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating B.A. 1856; M.A. 1858. He carried off the Downes prize and the Vice-Chancellor's prize for English verse. On taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of St. Matthew's, Marylebone, 1857-59; of Kensington, 1860-63; Chaplain to the British Embassy at Berlin, 1863-65; Minister of St. James's Chapel, York Street, London, 1866-75; and of Bedford Chapel, 1876. He was also appointed Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, in 1872. In 1865 he published the Life and Letters of the late F. W. Robertson; in 1874, Theology in the English Poets; in 1876, Primer of English Literature, &c. On seceding from the Church of Engla… Go to person page >

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First Line: It fell upon a summer day
Title: It Fell Upon a Summer Day
Author: Stopford A. Brooke
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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