Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >
We are but little children poor [weak]. Cecil F. Alexander, née Humphreys. [Holy Baptism.] Published in Dr. Hook's Leeds Church Sunday School Hymn Book, 1850, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in use, sometimes abbreviated, in its original form; as "We are but little children weak” in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, and numerous other collections; and as, “O Lord, the Holy Innocents" (st. ii.), in the American Protestant Episcopal Hymnal, 1871. In these various forms it is in extensive use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: We Are But Little Children WeakFirst Line: We are but little children weakTune Title: ALSTONEAuthor: Cecil F. AlexanderMeter: LMSource: A Church School Hymn-Book, by Walter F. Hook (Leeds, England: 1850)