1 This child we dedicate to Thee,
O God of grace and purity!
In Thy great love its life prolong;
Shield it, we pray, from sin and wrong.
2 O may Thy Spirit gently draw
Its willing soul to keep Thy law;
May virtue, piety, and truth
Dawn even with its dawning youth.
Source: Baptist Hymnal 2008 #649
|First Line:||This child we dedicate to thee|
|Title:||This Child We Dedicate to Thee|
|Author:||Christoph Friedrich Neander|
This child we dedicate to Thee. S. Gilman. [Holy Baptism.] Professor Bird dates this 1823. Putnam, in his Singers and Songs, &c, 1874, p. 73, gives it in full as a translation from the German. The original we have not traced.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)