Home  »  The Poets’ Bible  »  Children Brought to Christ

W. Garrett Horder, comp. The Poets’ Bible: New Testament. 1895.

Children Brought to Christ

Stephen Greenleaf Bulfinch (1809–1870)

“Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.”—MARK X. 14.

YES! there were some among the hearers, Lord!

Who knew thine own blest spirit, and to thee

Brought their young children in their purity,

Deeming aright such visits would afford

Joy to a heart like thine. With gracious word

Didst thou receive them; and that hallowed scene

Hath ever to the Christian parent been

A fount of deep delight. Thou dost accord

Thy blessing to our children. We would lead

To thee these young immortals. Oh receive

To thy divine instructions, Saviour blest!

And in thy freedom make them free indeed;

And if in childhood they are called to leave

Our arms of love, may they with thee find rest.