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Savior, for the little one

Savior, for the little one

Author: Mary Ann Thomson (1872)
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Saviour, for the little one,
Safely gathered in Thine arms,
Ere the battle had begun,
Victor, spared from war's alarms,
We who toil and struggle sing
Praise to Thee, the children's King.

2 First of all Thy martyr-band,
Infants for Thy sake were slain;
Day by day, from every land,
Infants swell the guileless train,
Who, this vale of tears untrod,
Stand before the throne of God.

3 Thou dost give and take away,
Full of love, in all Thy ways:
Be each mourner's heart to-day
Full of loving trust and praise,
In the midst of grief to bring
Thanks to Thee, the children's King.


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Mary Ann Thomson

Thomson, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. John Thomson, Librarian of the Free Library, Philadelphia, was born in London, England, December 5, 1834. She has written about forty hymns, which have appeared mostly in the Churchman, New York, and in the Living Church, Chicago. Four of her hymns are found in the Protestant Episcopal Hymnal, 1892. Of the origin of the missionary hymn by Mrs. Thomson which is found in our Hymnal she writes as follows: I wrote the greater part of the hymn, "O Zion, haste," in the year 1868. I had written many hymns before, and one night, while I was sitting up with one of my children who was ill of typhoid fever, I thought I should like to write a missionary hymn to the tune of the hymn beginning "Hark, hark, my soul, angelic… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Savior, for the little one
Author: Mary Ann Thomson (1872)
Language: English



Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
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The Church Hymnal #247

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The Church Hymnal #247

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #609


The Hymnal and Order of Service #609

The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d504

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The Hymnal #247

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