[from] Hymns for Infant Minds
Phialdelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1832
"JESUS SAID, SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME."
As infants once to CHRIST were brought,
That he might bless them there,
So now we little children ought
To seek the same by prayer.
For when their feeble hands were spread,
And bent each infant knee,
Forbid them not," the SAVIOUR said,
And so he says of me.
Though now he is not here below,
But on his heavenly hill,
To him may little children go,
And seek a blessing still.
Well pleased that little flock to see,
The SAVIOUR kindly smiled;
Oh, then he will not frown on me,
Because I am a child:
For as, so many years ago,
Poor babes his pity drew,
I'm sure he will not let me go
Without a blessing too.
Then, while this favor to implore,
My little hands are spread,
Do thou thy sacred blessing pour,
Dear JESUS, on my head.