1 A little child the Saviour came,
the mighty God was still his name,
and angels worshipped as he lay
the seeming infant of a day.
2 He who, a little child, began
to show the world God's loving plan,
proclaims from heaven the message free,
'Let little children come to me.'
3 We bring them, Lord, and with the sign
of sprinkled water name them thine:
their souls with saving grace endow;
baptize them with thy Spirit now.
4 O give thine angels charge, good Lord,
them safely in thy way to guard;
thy blessing on their lives command,
and write their names upon thy hand.
5 O thou, who by an infant's tongue
dost hear thy perfect glory sung,
may these, with all the heavenly host,
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #631
|First Line:||A little child the Savior came|
|Author:||William Robertson (1861)|
A little child the Saviour came. W. Robertson. [Holy Baptism.] Contributed to the Scottish Established Church Hymns for Public Worship, 1861, and republished in their Scottish Hymnal, 1870, No. 181, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In the American collections it has attained to a more extensive use than in those in Great Britain, but in every case, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book., 1872, the Hymns & Songs of Praise, 1874, the Presbyterian Hymnal, Phil., 1874, and others, it is attributed in error to the elder W. Robertson, who was associated with the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases of 1745.