1. It fell upon a summer day,|
When Jesus walked in Galilee,
The mothers from a village brought
Their children to his knee.
2. He took them in his arms, and laid
His hands on each remembered head;
'Suffer these little ones to come
To me,' he gently said.
3. 'Forbid them not; unless ye bear
The childlike heart your hearts within,
Unto my kingdom ye may come,
But may not enter in.'
4. Master, I fain would enter there;
O let me follow thee, and share
Thy meek and lowly heart, and be
Freed from all worldly care.
5. Of innocence, and love, and trust,|
Of quiet work, and simple word,
Of joy, and thoughtlessness of self,
Build up my life, good Lord.
6. All happy thoughts, and gentle ways,
And loving-kindness daily given,
And, freedom through obedience gained,
Make in my heart thy heaven.
7. O happy thus to live and move!
And sweet this world, where I shall find
God's beauty everywhere, his love,
His good in all mankind.
8. Then, Father, grant this childlike heart,
That I may come to Christ, and feel
His hands on me in blessing laid,
Love-giving, strong to heal.
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