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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)



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A Companion to the Canadian Sunday School Harp: being a selection of hymns set to music, for Sunday schools and the social circle #102Page Scan
A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #83Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #84Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d181
Children's Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #158Page Scan
Children's Praise and Worship #d103
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #773Page Scan
Crystal Gems for the Sabbath School: containing a choice collection of new hymns and tunes, suitable for anniversaries, and all other exercises of the Sabbath-school... #40Page Scan
Family Hymns #d148
Home Song Book, prepared for the use of the Children of the Home for the Friendless #63Page Scan
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
Hymns for First-Day Schools #79Page Scan
Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #79Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d291
Hymns for Schools and Families #d94
Hymns for Schools and Families #3Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #355Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #471Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday School Worship #d51
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d136
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #130Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #130Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools. 2nd ed. #d34
Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #220Page Scan
Hymns of The Voice of Praise #d165
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d144
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d135
Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d92
Maynard's Sabbath School Echo. 6th ed. of Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns, with an Appendix #d132
Mother's Hymn Book . New ed. #d75
New Union Hymns #479Page Scan
Plymouth Sabbath School Collection: or, Hymns and Tunes #59aPage Scan
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
Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #97Page Scan
Select Songs for School and Home #d89
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #3Page Scan
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #5Page Scan
Songs Celestial #40Page Scan
Songs of Cheer for Children #13Page Scan
Sparkling Diamonds #d70
Sunday School Hymn Book #d90
Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #52Page Scan
Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #d97
The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #503Page Scan
The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #29Page Scan
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
The Child's Hymn Book #73Page Scan
The Child's Prayer and Hymn Book #d27
The Church School Hymnal with Tunes #76Page Scan
The Confederate Sunday School Hymn Book #d75
The Golden Rule #d60
The Infant School and Nursery Hymn Book: being a collection of hymns, original and selected; with an analysis of each, designed to assist mothers and teachers... (3rd ed., rev. and corr.) #25 , 26
The Little Hymn Book #d45
The Mother's Hymn Book. (Third stereotyped ed. Rev. and enl.) #100Page Scan
The Mother's Hymn Book: compiled from various authors and private manuscripts: for the use of maternal associations, and for special occasions of social and private worship #71Page Scan
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
The Sabbath School Bell: a new collection of choice hymns and tunes, original and standard; carefully and simply arranged as solos, duets, trios, semi-choruses and choruses, and for organ..(Enl. Ed) #33Page Scan
The Sabbath School Hymn Book #d162
The Sabbath School Minstrel: being a collection of the most popular hymns and tunes, together with a great variety of the best anniversary pieces. The whole forming a complete manual ... #28Page Scan
The Sabbath School Singing Book #d36
The Sabbath School Timbrel ... On the Same Notation as "The Timbrel of Zion" #d42
The Song Evangel #d129
The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #120Page Scan
The Sunday-School Music Book: enlarged #20Page Scan
The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d223
The Union Singing Book: arranged for and adapted to the Sunday school union hymn book #99aPage Scan
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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