Jesus, Friend of All the Children

Jesus, Friend of little children, Be a Friend to me

Author: Walter J. Mathams
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1 Jesus, friend of little children,
Be a friend to me;
Take my hand, and ever keep me
Close to thee.

2 Teach me how to grow in goodness,
daily as I grow;
Thou hast been a child, and surely
Thou dost know.

Source: Calvin Hymnary Project #jesus_friend_of_little_children_let_m

Author: Walter J. Mathams

Mathams, Walter John, was born in London, Oct. 30, 1853. Early in life he went to sea; but on returning through Palestine to England he began to study for the Ministry. In 1874 he entered the Regent's Park Baptist College as a Student, and subsequently had a pastoral charge at Preston, Lancashire. In 1879, his health failing, he went for a time to Australia and other places. Returning to England, he became, in 1883, minister at Falkirk, Scotland, and in 1888, at Birmingham. Whilst a student, he published a small volume of hymns and poems as At Jesus' Feet, (1876). He is also the author of several religious books of a popular character, as: Fireside Parables, 1879; Sunday Parables, 1883, &c. His principal hymns are:— 1. Bright falls the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, Friend of little children, Be a Friend to me
Title: Jesus, Friend of All the Children
Author: Walter J. Mathams
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



WESTRIDGE is a charming two-line tune, effective precisely because "small is beautiful." Martin F. Shaw (PHH 49) composed it in 1929 for a children's hymn, “Jesus, Friend of Little Children,” and the tune was published in Songs of Praise for Boys and Girls (1930). Sing it in unison and use light…

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FARNHAM (Wheeler)

[Jesus, Friend of little children] (Maunder)



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Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #651
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #146a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #146b
The Cyber Hymnal #3313TextScoreAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #340Text
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