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Lord Jesus Christ, the children's Friend

Lord Jesus Christ, the children's Friend, On us lift up Thy gracious hands

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 3 hymnals

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Lord Jesus Christ, the children's Friend,
On us lift up Thy gracious hands,
And from Thy holy temple send
Blessings on our united bands.

How precious in Thy Father's sight
Were children's souls, when Thee He gave,
His only Son, His heart's delight,
From hell to heaven those souls to save!

What love to them, what love was Thine,
Meek Lamb of God, when Thou didst give
Thy soul, a sacrifice divine,
Dying Thyself that they might live!

Nor less the Holy Spirit's grace,
When by His light He Thee reveals,
As though they saw Thee face to face,
And them as heirs of glory seals.

Are children's souls of such high price?
With grief and gladness may we see,
How sad their loss in Paradise,
How great their gain on Calvary.

Our own no longer, Thine thy are,
In mercy bind them to Thy Cross;
Safe only from the tempter there,
From second death and endless loss.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus Christ, the children's Friend, On us lift up Thy gracious hands
Title: Lord Jesus Christ, the children's Friend
Author: James Montgomery



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Hymns for Schools and Families #d287

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #489


Sacred Poems and Hymns #315

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