1 When Jesus lived upon the earth,
And healed the sick and lame;
The mothers took their little cones,
And joyfully then came.
He looked on them and kindly said:
“O let them come to Me,
Forbid them not, for such as these
My Father’s face shall see.”
Our Savior blessed the little ones,
That all the world may know,
He came to save the children too,
Because He loved them so.
2 Perhaps theses little boys and girls
Were sometimes naughty too;
But Jesus sent them not away,
His love is strong and true.
Although he grieves when we do wrong,
And slight His precious name,
He tries to help us all the more,
And loves us just the same. [Refrain]
3 When little children come to Him,
He takes them in his arms;
Oh, what a safe and blessed place
To rest from all alarms.
And so we sing with happy hearts,
Our songs of joy and love;
We’ll serve our blessed Savior here,
And dwell with Him above. [Refrain]
Lanta Wilson Smith was born July 19, 1856 at Castine, Maine, and died October 19, 1939 at Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister, William J. Wilson, and his wife Sedelia Follett. Her father belonged to the Maine, and later the East Maine Conferences from 1846 until 1866, when he with his family traveled in a covered wagon to the west, where he served as minister in Nebraska and Dakota. Later he returned to New England and founded out his sixty-four years in the ministry at an appointment in Hingham, Massachusetts. From her early childhood Lanta sang and played the organ in church and Sunday school wherever her father was located. When seventeen she attended Bucksport Seminary, Maine, where she received som… Go to person page >