Scripture Verse

Let the little children come to Me…for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14


Frederick A. Challinor

Words: Will­iam H. Par­ker, 1885. Par­ker wrote this hymn for his Sun­day school stu­dents at the Chel­sea Street Bap­tist Church, New Bas­ford, Not­ting­ham, Eng­land.

Music: Stor­ies of Je­sus Fred­er­ick A. Chal­li­nor, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc). Chal­li­nor wrote this tune for a com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the na­tion­al Sun­day School Un­ion in Lon­don.

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Par­ker (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Chal­li­nor,


Tell me the stories of Jesus
I love to hear;
Things I would ask Him to tell me
If He were here;
Scenes by the wayside,
Tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children
Stood round His knee,
And I shall fancy His blessing
Resting on me;
Words full of kindness,
Deeds full of grace,
All in the love light of Jesus’ face.

Tell me, in accents of wonder,
How rolled the sea,
Tossing the boat in a tempest
On Galilee;
And how the Maker,
Ready and kind,
Chided the billows,
And hushed the wind.

Into the city I’d follow
The children’s band,
Waving a branch of the palm tree
High in my hand.
One of His heralds,
Yes, I would sing
Loudest hosannas,
Jesus is King!

Tell how the sparrow that twitters
On yonder tree,
And the sweet meadow-side lily
May speak to me—
Give me their message,
For I would hear
How Jesus taught us
Our Father’s care.

Show me that scene in the garden,
Of bitter pain.
Show me the cross where my Savior
For me was slain.
Sad ones or bright ones,
So that they be
Stories of Jesus,
Tell them to me.