6516. This Child We Dedicate to Thee

1. This child we dedicate to Thee,
O God of grace and purity!
Shield it from sin and threatening wrong,
And let Thy love its life prolong.

2. O may Thy Spirit gently draw
Its willing soul to keep Thy law;
May virtue, piety, and truth,
Dawn even with its dawning youth!

3. We, too, before Thy gracious sight
Once shared the blest baptismal rite,
And would renew its solemn vow,
With love, and thanks, and praises now.

4. Grant that, with true and faithful heart,
We still may act the Christian’s part,
Cheered by each promise Thou hast giv’n,
And laboring for the prize in Heav’n.

Text Information
First Line: This child we dedicate to Thee
Title: This Child We Dedicate to Thee
German Title: Dir, Herr, sei dieses Kind empfohlen
Author: Christoph F. Neander (1793)
Translator (from German): Samuel Gilman
Meter: LM
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Al­ter­nate tunes: FEDERAL STREET, Hen­ry K. Ol­iv­er, 1832; UXBRIDGE, Low­ell Ma­son, 1830
Tune Information
Composer: Henry Percy Smith (1874)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 33343 22255 43117
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Church Hymns with Tunes (London: 1874)
Copyright: Public Domain

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