Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.@Matthew 19:14
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C. Herbert Woolston
(1856–1927)

C. Her­bert Wool­ston (1856–1927). Wool­ston was one of George Root’s fa­vo­rite lyr­i­cists. Child­ren oft­en sing just the re­frain, which is a song all to itself!

George F. Root, 1864 (🔊 pdf nwc). Root orig­in­al­ly wrote this tune for the Am­er­i­can ci­vil war song Tramp, Tramp, Tramp.

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George F. Root
(1820–1895)

Jesus calls the children dear,
Come to Me and never fear,
For I love the little children of the world;
I will take you by the hand,
Lead you to the better land,
For I love the little children of the world.

Refrain

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

[Alternate refrain:

Jesus died for all the children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus died for all the children of the world.]

Jesus is the Shepherd true,
And He’ll always stand by you,
For He loves the little children of the world;
He’s a Savior great and strong,
And He’ll shield you from the wrong,
For He loves the little children of the world.

Refrain

I am coming, Lord, to Thee,
And Your soldier I will be,
For You love the little children of the world;
And Your cross I’ll always bear,
And for You I’ll do and dare,
For You love the little children of the world.

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