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Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

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1 See Israel's gentle Shepherd stand
With all-engaging charms;
Hark, how He calls the tender lambs,
And folds them in His arms!

2 "Permit them to approach," He cries,
"Nor scorn their humble name;
For 'twas to bless such souls as these
The Lord of angels came."

3 We bring them, Lord, in thankful hands,
And yield them up to Thee;
Joyful that we ourselves are Thine,
Thine let our offspring be.


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #174

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: See Israel's gentle Shepherd stand
Title: Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me
Author: Philip Doddridge (1755)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


SERENITY (Wallace)

EVAN (Havergal)

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The Cyber Hymnal #6066
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Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Hymns and Psalms #588

Hymns of the Christian Life #418

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Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #155

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Redemption Hymnal #728

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #322

The Baptist Hymnal #571

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The Book of Praise #517


The Cyber Hymnal #6066


Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #412

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Worship and Service Hymnal #174

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