The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let Children, Lord, Thy Presence Seek

For The Holy Innocents
Feast Day, Dec. 28
See: The Holy Innocents

Words: John Mason Neale

Music: Not Stated

See: Christmas in Neale's Hymns for Children

Source: Rev. John Mason Neale, ed., Hymns for Children. Intended Chiefly for Village Schools. First Series (1860), Tenth Edition. (London: Joseph Masters, 1867), # 33, p. 33.

S. Matthew ii. 16; Revelation xiv. 4.

1. Let children, Lord, Thy Presence seek,
    To Whom the Infants bled;
When, since Thy Praise they could not speak,
    They gave their lives instead.

2. A few short days they knew at most
    A mother’s tender love;
But they are now a glorious host
    Around Thy throne above.

3. Help us to keep Thy law, if e’er
    'Tis painful to obey;
And all Thy holy will to bear
    As cheerfully as they.

4. To God the Father, God the Son,
    And God the Holy Ghost,
By men below be honour done,
    And by the Heavenly Host.


At the beginning of the volume was the note that for this hymn and a few others, where there were daily services in the church, the following verse may be said before the doxology, in this case, before verse 4:

And now we haste, with thankful feet,
To seek our Saviour's Face;
And in the holy church to meet,
His chosen dwelling-place.

Matthew 2:16. Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. (KJV)

Revelation 14:4. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (KJV)

Not found in Mary Sackville Lawson, et al, eds., Collected Hymns, Sequences and Carols of John Mason Neale (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1914).

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