1. The Savior kindly calls
Our children to His breast;
He folds them in His gracious arms,
Himself declares them blest.
2. "Let them approach," He cries,
"Nor scorn their humble claim;
The heirs of heaven are such as these,
For such as these I came."
3. With joy we bring them, Lord,
Devoting them to Thee,
Imploring that, as we are Thine,
Thine may our offspring be.
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Mark 10:14
Author: Philip Doddridge, 1755, cento
Adapted by: Henry U. Onderdonk, 1826, ad.
1st Published in: Harmonischer Liederschatz
Town: Frankfurt, 1738