We are but little children weak

We are but little children weak. Cecil Frances Alexanderr* (1818-1892).  According to JJ, p. 1241, this was first published in her friend Walter Farquhar Hook*’s Church Sunday School Hymn Book (Leeds, 1850). Probably she had shown it to him, or sent it to him, in the years in which they were close. It is almost always known by its first line, as above, but according to Frost (1962, p. 313), the first two lines were ‘We are but little children poor/ And born in very low estate’. The alteration was made by Alexander herself for the Appendix (1868) to the First Edition of A&M (this was ignored by EH in 1906, which returned to the children poor and the low estate).  The poverty of...

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