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Our children, gracious Lord and God

Our children, gracious Lord and God

Author: John Swertner
Tune: PILGRIMAGE (Herrnhut)
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

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.

Source: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #495

Author: John Swertner

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)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Our children, gracious Lord and God
Author: John Swertner



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d591

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #495

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #847

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #918

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #777

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