Who shall sing if not the children

Who shall sing if not the children

Author: George W. Bethune
Tune: MIDDLETON (Arnold)
Published in 78 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Who shall sing, If not the children?
Did not Jesus die for them?
May they not, with other jewels
Sparkle in his diadem?
Why to them were voices given,
Bird-like voices, sweet and clear?
Why, unless the song of heaven
They begin to practise here.

2 There's a choir of infant songsters,
White-robed, round the Saviour's throne;
Angels cease, and, waiting, listen:
Oh, 'tis sweeter than their own!
Faith can hear the rapt'rous choral,
When her ear is upward turn'd:
Is not this the same, perfected,
Which upon the earth they learn'd?

3 Jesus, when on earth sojourning,
Loved them with a wondrous love;
And will he, to heaven returning,
Faithless to his blessing prove?
Oh, they cannot sing too early:
Fathers, stand not in their way!
Birds do sing while day is breaking:
Tell me, then, why should not they?

Source: The Little Seraph: in seven character notes, for churches and Sunday-schools #106a

Author: George W. Bethune

Bethune, George Washington, D.D. A very eminent divine of the Reformed Dutch body, born in New York, 1805, graduated at Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Phila., 1822, and studied theology at Princeton. In 1827 he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rinebeck, New York. In 1830 passed to Utica, in 1834 to Philadelphia, and in 1850 to the Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1861 he visited Florence, Italy, for his health, and died in that city, almost suddenly after preaching, April 27, 1862. His Life and Letters were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867. He was offered the Chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. His works include The Fruits of the Spirit, 1839; Ser… Go to person page >

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349 Lieder fuer Schule und Haus in den Vereinigsten Staaten #d265

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A Companion to the Canadian Sunday School Harp #228

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A Selection of Hymns #334

American Sunday School Hymn Book. New ed. #d20

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Anniversary and Sabbath School Hymns #5

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Bradbury's Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #14

Children's Praise #d171

Children's Primary Hymn Book. 1st ed. #d102

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Fresh Leaves for the use of Sabbath Schools #103a

Gems of Music #d67

Gems of Song #d19

Goodly Pearls for the Sunday School #d144

Happy Voices #d232

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Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #187

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Hymns and Offices of Worship #165

Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d143

Hymns and Songs #d104

Hymns for Sabbath School Use #d42

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #A20

Hymns of The Voice of Praise #d306

Kingdom Hymns with Music #d75

Linden Harp #d177

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Linden Harp #32

Love and Praise #d167

Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns. 4th ed. #d253

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #165

Oriola #d297

Oriola #d302

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Palmer's Sabbath School Songs #8c

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Plymouth Sabbath School Collection #94

Precious Songs #d74

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Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #201

Selected Songs #d102

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Songs for the Sabbath School and Vestry #77

Songs of Praise #d145

Sunday School Hymn Book #d533

The Anniversary and Sunday School Music Book No. 1-5 #d210

The Anniversary and Sunday School Music Book Nos. 1 and 2 with additions #d69

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The Baptist Praise Book #491

The Canadian Sunday School Harp #d194

The Canadian Warbler #d196

The Children's Hymnary #d143

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The Christian Harp and Sabbath School Songster #90

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The Church Porch #104

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The Church Porch #115

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The Church Porch #115

The Clariona #d248

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The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #14

The Eolian Harp #d144

The Gem #d195

The Hymnist #d135

The Hymns of "Happy Voices" (without music) #d236

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The Little Minstrel #57

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The Little Seraph #106a

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The New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book #T106a

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The New Golden Chain of Sabbath School Melodies #14a

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The New Sabbath School Hosanna #173

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The Plymouth Sabbath School Collection of Hymns and Tunes #181

The Sabbath Chimes #d327

The Sabbath Hour #d99

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The Sabbath School Bell #35

The Sabbath School Gem #d114

The Southern Zion's Songster #d120

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The Sunday School Chant and Tune Book #88

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The Sunday-School Music Book #37

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d480

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The Violet #97

The Voice of Praise #d305

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The Voice of Praise #854

The Westminster Collection of Sabbath School Hymns and Tunes #d136

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The Young People's Chorister #219

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Young Singer's Friend #32

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