Scripture Verse

He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom. Isaiah 40:11

Introduction

Words: El­sie By­ler-Burk­hard, in Life Songs, ed­it­ed by Sam­uel F. Coff­man & John D. Brunk (Scott­dale, Penn­syl­van­ia: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing House, 1916), num­ber 230.

Music: Ma­ne­le Bay Wal­ter E. Yo­der (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of By­ler-Burk­hard or Yo­der (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

illustration
Jesus Blessing the Children
Bernhard Plockhorst
1825–1907

Lyrics

In the ear­ly morn­ing, when the sun­beams bright
Shine around our path­way, scat­ter­ing the night,
Jesus, gen­tle Sav­ior, hear our ear­nest pray­er;
Bless the lit­tle child­ren, take us in Thy care.

When temp­ta­tions ga­ther, fears or foes af­fright,
When our foot­steps wa­ver in the path of right,
Jesus, ten­der Sav­ior, with Thine arm up­hold:
All our up­ward striv­ings in Thy love en­fold.

When the sha­dows length­en, bring­ing sweet re­pose,
Weary hands are fold­ed, lit­tle eye­lids close,
Jesus, lov­ing Sav­ior, guard us thro’ the night;
Keep Thy lit­tle child­ren safe till morn­ing light.