Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer
Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer. Thomas Haweis* (1734-1820).
This charming hymn for Baptism is from the enlarged edition of Haweis’s Carmina Christo; or, Hymns to the Saviour (1808). It had three stanzas, printed here because subsequent texts have differed considerably:
Our children, Lord, in faith and prayer,
We now devote to Thee;
Let them Thy covenant mercies share,
And Thy salvation see.
Such helpless babes didst Thou embrace
While dwelling here below;
To us and ours, O God of grace,
The same compassion show.
In early days their hearts secure
From worldly snares, we pray;
And let them to the end endure
In every righteous way.
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