1 Jesus took the babes and blessed them,
Brought to him in days of old;
Fondly in his arms caressed them,
Bade them welcome in his fold;
Warmly welcomed, warmly welcomed
When disciples' hearts were cold.
2 Jesus calls them still with kindness
Passing every mortal thought;
Bids them come, though human blindness
Still would chide when they are brought;
Takes and blesses, takes and blesses,
Whom he hath so dearly bought. A-men.
3 Jesus, we would not forbid them,
We would have them brought to thee;
Thou of all their guilt dost rid them,
From the curse dost set them free;
Thine dost make them, thine dost make them,
Thine let them forever be!