1 Our children, gracious Lord and God,
With fervor we to Thee commend;
Thou hast redeemed them by Thy blood;
Thy blessing on them all descend.
Kind Shepherd, take each little lamb
Into Thy faithful arms of love;
Cause them to know Thy saving Name
And Thy redeeming grace to prove.
2 On us, their parents, grace bestow
That we, with care and faithfulness,
May lead them Thee, our Lord, to know,
To obey Thy word and seek Thy face.
Teach us the duties of our state,
To love each other heartily,
Our children so to educate
That they may love and follow Thee.
Swertner, John, b. Sept. 12, 1746, at Haarlem, in Holland, Moravian minister at various places in England and Ireland; d. at Bristol, March 11, 1813.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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Display Title: Our Children, Gracious Lord and GodFirst Line: Our children, gracious Lord and GodTune Title: PILGRIMAGEAuthor: John Swertner, 1746-1813Date: 1969Subject: The Life in Christ | Home and Family