The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christian Children Must Be Holy

For The Circumcision

Words: Not Stated

Music: "Bradbury"

Source: John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #19, p. 38.

1. Christian children must be holy,
    Serving God from day to day;
Never is the time too early,
    For a Christian to obey.

2. We are taught in Jesus' childhood;
    Only eight short days He saw,
Ere He suffered circumcision,
    And obeyed His Father's lay.

3. He, who is our great example,
    Let no moment run to loss;
Not one precious hour he wasted,
    From the cradle to the cross.

4. Soon He sorrow'd, soon He suffer'd,
    We must meek and gentle be;
Little pain and little trial,
    Ever bearing patiently.

5. Soon He showed a Son's obedience:
    We must early learn to do
Not our own will, but our Father's
    And be found obedient too.

Sheet Music from John Clark Hollister, ed., The Sunday-School Service and Tune Book (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1863, 1865), #19, p. 38.

Sheet music "A Church Melody of the 14th Century" from A. B. Goodrich, ed., A New Service And Tune Book For Sunday Schools (New York: Gen. Prot. Episc. S. S. Union and Church Book Society, 1863, New Edition, Enlarged, 1866), #10, p. 32.

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