Jesu, when Thou once returnedstAuthor: J. F. Bahnmaier (1823); Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863)
Published in 1 hymnal
Jesu, when Thou once returnedst
From the temple of the Lord,
Where His holy will Thou learnedst,
Gladly to Thy home restored,
Thou wast readt to fulfil,
As a child, Thy parents' will;
Grace and sweet humility,
Evermore were seen in Thee.
See Thy little flock dispersing
From their school with joyous hearts;
Here Thy lessons oft rehearsing,
Train them for lif's busy parts;
Lord, at home or by the way,
Lonely, or in merry play,
Be our Pattern ne'er forgot;
Friend of children, leave us not!
i. Jesu als du wiederkehrtest. [Schools.] First published in his Christliche Blätter aus Tübingen, pts. 9-12 for 1819, p. 85, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, entitled "Prayer after School;" as one of 7 metrical prayers for Children, and for the School and House. Included as No. 2947 in Knapp's Evanglischer Lieder-Schatz, 1837 (1865, No. 2614), and No. 513 in the Württemberg Gesang-Buch, 1842. The only translation in common use is:
Jesu, when Thou once returnest. In full by Miss Winkworth in her Chorale Book for England, 1863, No. 178.
-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)