1 As helpless as a child who clings,
Fast to his father's arm,
And casts his weakness on the strength
That keeps him safe from harm;
So I, my Father, cling to Thee,
And every passing hour
Would link my earthly feebleness
To Thine Almighty power.
2 As trustful as a child who looks
Up in his mother's face,
And all his little griefs and fears
Forgets in her embrace;
So I to Thee, my Saviour, look
And in Thy face Divine,
Can read the love that will sustain
As weak a faith as mine.
3 As loving as a child who sits
Close by his parent's knee,
And knows no want while it can have
That sweet society;
So, sitting at Thy feet, my heart
Would all its love outpour,
And pray that Thou wouldst teach me, Lord,
To love Thee more and more.
As helpless as the [a] child who clings. J. D. Burns. [Trust.] First published in his little book of prayers and hymns, The Evening Hymn, 1857, No. 9, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Childlike Trust." It is given in the Appendix to Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Collection, the new edition of Stowell's Collection (First ed., 1831), and others. It is a tender, childlike hymn, for private use, and is sometimes given as a hymn for children.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)