1 Welcome, royal-hearted Summer, crowned with beauty, light and flowers,
Scattering roses, blushing roses, by the way;
And we pray that grace unmeasured shall attune these hearts of ours,
To the sunshine of the Children’s Day.
Welcome, welcome, happy Children’s Day,
At this shining milestone on the pilgrim way,
Let us gather with rejoicing, and with hearts and voices say,
Praise God, praise God, praise God.
2 Thanks to Thee, O God our Father, for the blessings of the year,
More in number than the sands along the shore;
Every needful good provided, Love and Mercy bending near,
May we render praises evermore. [Refrain]
3 So we come again with gladness to our Father’s house today,
Singing carols like the merry birds of Spring;
Hitherto the Lord hath led us; still He’ll guide us on our way,
To the Temple of our Saviour-King. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >