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Within the temple's hallowed walls

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1 Within the temple's hallowed walls,
How meekly sat the Holy Child,
And listened when the doctors taught,
And meekly questioned soft and mild.

2 He did His Father's work betimes,
He loved within His courts to stay,
While three long days the Mother trod
Along her weary homeward way.

3 Oh! shame on any Christian child
Who does not love the house of prayer;
Who goes with cold, unwilling heart,
To serve his Heavenly Father there:

4 Who takes no heed when holy words
Are spoken to his listless ears,
Nor ever questions in his heart,
What mean the sacred things he hears.

5 Come let him learn what Jesus did,
And love to trace, with wondering eyes,
His perfect works, His holy ways,
Who was in early years so wise.

6 And let him ask of God in heaven,
A spirit teachable and mind,
A simple heart to learn and love,
Like Jesus, that sweet, Holy Child.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #248

Author: Cecil Frances Alexander

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 >

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First Line: Within the temple's hallowed walls
Author: Cecil Frances Alexander
Copyright: Public Domain



Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…

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SHEPHERD (Shepherd)



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #418

A New Service and Tune Book for Sunday Schools. New ed. #d159

New Service and Tune Book for Sunday School #d155

The Children's Hymnal (with tunes) #d239

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The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #197

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The Church Porch, a service book and hymnal for Sunday schools Rev. Ed. #60

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The Church Porch #52

The Hymns from the Children's Hymnal; with a Service, for Sunday Schools #d243

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The Sunday School Hymnal #114

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #418

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Voices of Praise #248

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