O what can little hands do

O what can little hands do. Probably by Grace Webster Hinsdale* (1833-1907). Published in The Church Missionary Juvenile Instructor for May 1862, with the signature ‘Farin’ (Hinsdale’s usual pseudonym). It was chosen for the Scottish Church Hymnary (1898), and described by John Brownlie* as ‘far removed from the namby-pamby stuff which so many think good material for children’s worship’ (1911, p. 283). Originally the hymn had five stanzas, beginning: O what can little hands do   To please the King of heaven? The little hands some work may try, To help the poor in misery:   Such grace to mine be given. This was followed by four more stanzas, beginning  ‘O what can little lips do…?’ and...

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