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When mothers of Salem their children brought to Jesus

When mothers of Salem their children brought to Jesus

Author: W. M. Hutchings
Tune: SALEM (Methfessel)
Published in 41 hymnals

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1 When mothers of Salem
Their children brought to Jesus,
The stern disciples drove them back
And bade them depart;
But Jesus saw them ere they fled,
And sweetly smiled, and kindly said,
"Suffer little children
To come unto Me.

2 "For I will receive them
And fold them in my bosom;
I'll be a shepherd to these lambs,
O drive them not away;
For, if their hearts to Me they give,
They shall with Me in glory live:
Suffer little children
To come unto Me."

3 How kind was our Savior
To bid these children welcome!
But there are many thousands
Who have never heard His name;
The Bible they have never read;
They know not that the Savior said,
"Suffer little children
To come unto Me."

4 O soon may the heathen
Of every tribe and nation
Fulfill Thy blessed word,
And cast their idols all away;
O shine upon them from above,
And show Thyself a God of love;
Teach the little children
To come unto Thee.


Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #543

Author: W. M. Hutchings

Hutchings, William Medlen, son of William Hutchings, was born at Devonport, Aug. 28, 1827, and died May 21,1876. Mr. Hutchings was engaged for some time as a printer and publisher in London. His well-known hymn, "When mothers of Salem their children brought to Jesus" (Children brought to Christ), was written for the anniversary service of St. Paul's Chapel Sunday School, Wigan, in 1850, and was published in a revised form in the Juvenile Missionary Magazine of June 1850. A full account of the original and the revised texts is given in a note in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church and Home, 1873. Another hymn by Mr. Hutchings, "We have heard the wondrous story" (The Life of Jesus), appeared in the Sunday School Union Voice of Praise, 1886.… Go to person page >

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First Line: When mothers of Salem their children brought to Jesus
Author: W. M. Hutchings
Copyright: Public Domain



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