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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        5
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        10
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.

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