I think, when I read that sweet story of old
I think, when I read that sweet story of old. Jemima Luke* (1813-1906).
Two verses of this hymn, based on Mark 10: 14, were written during a journey between Wellington and Taunton, Somerset, by stage-coach in 1841 to match a Greek marching tune that she had heard in a school, the Normal Infants’ School, in London. They were intended for use at a village school, and were published in The Sunday School Teachers’ Magazine, and Journal of Education in 1841, entitled ‘The Child’s Desire’. Her interest in the mission field led her to add a third verse later:
But thousands and thousands who wander and fall Never heard of that heavenly home; I should like them to know there is room for them...
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