1 "Little children, love each other;"
'Tis the blessed Saviour's rule:
Every little one is brother
To his play-fellows at school.
We're all children of one Father,
That great God who reigns above;
Shall we quarrel? No: much rather
Would we dwell like him--in love.
2 He has placed us here together,
That we may be good and kind,
He is ever watching whether
We are one in heart and mind,
Who is stronger than the other?
Let him be the weak one's friend;
Who's more playthings than his brother,
He should like to give or lend.
3 All good children love each other,
Keeping thus the Saviour's rule;
Each one proves himself a brother
To his dear playmates at school.
All they have they share with others,
With kind looks and gentle words:
Thus they live like happy brothers,
And are known to be the Lord's.
Source: Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #77b