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Child's Prayer

Lord, teach a little child to pray; Thy grace betimes impart

Author: John Ryland
Tune: BROWN (Bradbury)
Published in 90 hymnals

Author: John Ryland

Ryland, John, D.D., son of Rev. John Collett Ryland, was born at Warwick, Jan. 29, 1753. At that time his father was Baptist minister at Warwick, but in 1759 removed to Northampton. "J. Ryland, junior," as for many years he was accustomed to subscribe himself, was in 1781 ordained co-pastor with his father at Northampton. In 1794 he accepted the presidency of the Baptist College and the pastorate of the church in Broadmead, Bristol, and these offices he retained until his death on June 25, 1825. Dr. Ryland was a man of considerable literary culture, and received the degree of D.D. from Brown University, Rhode Island. He was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society, and for the three years following the death of Rev. A. Fuller,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Lord, teach a little child to pray; Thy grace betimes impart
Title: Child's Prayer
Author: John Ryland
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord, teach a little child to pray. Thy grace betimes, &c. J. Ryland. [A Child's Prayer.] This simple prayer for a child's use is the most popular and widely used of Dr. Ryland's hymns. From his Memoirs of Andrew Fuller, 1831, pp. 442 and 453, we find that this hymn, and another, beginning "God is very good to me," wore written by him at the request of Mrs. Fuller for the use of her child Sarah, who died May 30, 1786, aged 6 years and 6 months. In some of the numerous collections in which it is found it is erroneously attributed to "Jane Taylor." The Taylor hymn opens with the same line, but the second is "And then accept my prayer." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 90 of 90)
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A Companion to the Canadian Sunday School Harp #102

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #83

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #84

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Children's Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #158

Children's Praise and Worship #d103

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #773

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Crystal Gems for the Sabbath School #40

Family Hymns #d148

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Home Song Book, prepared for the use of the Children of the Home for the Friendless #63

Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d72

Hymns for Children and Grownups to Use Together #d87

Hymns for Children and Grownups to Use Together #d88

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d262

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Hymns for First-Day Schools #79

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Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #79

Hymns for Schools and Families #d291

Hymns for Schools and Families #d94

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Hymns for Schools and Families #3

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Hymns for Social Worship #471

Hymns for Sunday School Worship #d51

Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d136

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #130

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #130

Hymns for Sunday Schools. 2nd ed. #d34

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #220

Hymns of The Voice of Praise #d165

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d135

Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d92

Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d75

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New Union Hymns #479

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Plymouth Sabbath School Collection #59a

Portsmouth Sunday School Hymn Book #d94

Praises of Jesus #d51

Prayer and Praise Book #d96

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d379

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d150

Sabbath Songs #d99

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Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #97

Select Songs for School and Home #d89

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Songs Celestial #40

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Songs of Cheer for Children #13

Sparkling Diamonds #d70

Sunday School Hymn Book #d90

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #52

Sunday School Hymnal #d97

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #503

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The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #29

The Anniversaary and Sunday School Music Book No. 1-5 #d111

The Anniversary and Sunday School Music Book Nos. 1 and 2 with additions #d36

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d240

The Canadian Sunday School Harp #d93

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d215

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d211

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The Child's Hymn Book #73

The Child's Prayer and Hymn Book #d27

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The Church School Hymnal with Tunes #76

The Confederate Sunday School Hymn Book #d75

The Golden Rule #d60

The Infant School and Nursery Hymn Book #25 , 26

The Little Hymn Book #d45

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The Mother's Hymn Book. (Third stereotyped ed. Rev. and enl.) #100

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The Mother's Hymn Book #71

The New England Sunday School Hymn Book #d78

The Pean #d62

The Primary Sunday School Hymnal #d129

The Revival Music Book #d44

The Sabbath Chimes #d166

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The Sabbath School Bell #33

The Sabbath School Hymn Book #d162

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The Sabbath School Minstrel #28

The Sabbath School Singing Book #d36

The Sabbath School Timbrel ... On the Same Notation as "The Timbrel of Zion" #d42

The Song Evangel #d129

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The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #120

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The Sunday-School Music Book #20

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d223

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The Union Singing Book #99a

The Village Hymn book #d168

The Voice of Praise #d166

The Westminster Collection of Sabbath School Hymns and Tunes #d71

Union Hymns. Rev. #d229

Union Hymns. Rev. #d232

Youth Worship and Sing #d130

Youthful Voices #d131

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