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. The hymn has remained in...

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