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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
Poems of Home: II. For Children
A Little Child’s Hymn
Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897)
For Night and Morning

THOU that once, on mother’s knee,
Wast a little one like me,
When I wake or go to bed
Lay thy hands about my head:
Let me feel thee very near,        5
Jesus Christ, our Saviour dear.
Be beside me in the light,
Close by me through all the night;
Make me gentle, kind, and true,
Do what mother bids me do;        10
Help and cheer me when I fret,
And forgive when I forget.
Once wast thou in cradle laid,
Baby bright in manger-shade,
With the oxen and the cows,        15
And the lambs outside the house:
Now thou art above the sky:
Canst thou hear a baby cry?
Thou art nearer when we pray,
Since thou art so far away;        20
Thou my little hymn wilt hear,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour dear,
Thou that once, on mother’s knee,
Wast a little one like me.

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