Hear thy children, gentle Jesus

Hear thy children, gentle Jesus. Francis Stanfield* (1835-1914).  Stanfield wrote two very similar hymns for children. The first, ‘Hear thy children, gentlest Mother’*, addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was published in his Catholic Hymns (1858, 1860). The second, with the first line as above, was in his Holy Family Hymns (1860). Each had four stanzas, in the same metre.  Both were published in the Westminster Hymnal (WH, 1912). The present one addressed to Jesus survived into the Revised Edition of 1940:  Hear thy children, gentle Jesus, While we breathe our evening prayer, Save us from all harm and danger, Take us ’neath thy shelt’ring care.  Save us from the wiles of Satan, ’Mid the...

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