Little Ones may Come to Thee (I Will Seek and Find Thee Now)

This is a hymn for children, about children who seek God.

It was written by American hymn-writer Fanny Crosby (1820-1915).

Books it was published in include "Infant Praises: a collection of sacred songs, hymns, and music, for use in the Sabbath school primary department" published in 1887.

Although it doesn't appear to have been published widely after that, and no on-line examples have been found, there are references to it being sung in New Zealand in the late 19th century and in England in the same timeframe.   It has been included in some contemporary African compilations eg the Nigerian Catholic Hymn Book.


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I would seek and find thee now,
Blessed Saviour, teach me how,
I would lay my heart to rest
On thy gentle, loving breast.

Thou art pure and undefiled, undefiled,
I a weak and helpless child, helpless child;
Yet thy Word has said to me,
Little ones may come to thee,
Yes, the little ones may come to thee.

Thou did'st leave thy crown of light,
Thou did'st leave thy home so bright,
Thou did'st leave them all for me,
That my soul might live with thee.

Precious Saviour, friend divine,
Take and keep my hand in thine;
Then how happy I shall be,
Step by step to walk with thee.

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