The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Saviour Of Children

A Carol For St. John The Evangelist

Words: Miss Marian Jewitt

Music: Rev. R. F. Smith
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #99

1. Saviour of children, children would adore Thee,
A little Child upon a Mother's knee,
And would in lowly reverence bow before Thee,
And own Thee God from all eternity.

2. On Christmas Day we heard the Gospel story
Which tells how angels praise Thee at Thy birth,
Then with our feeble voices sang Thy glory,
And praised Thee for Thy coming down to earth.

3. Today Thy Church would have us tell Thy praises
For him whose words proclaim Thee God above,
Words that on eagle wings to heaven upraise us --
Who teaches little children they should love.

4. How blest was he who might in faith and meekness
Lean, gentle Saviour, on Thy loving breast;
Yet Thou Who feelest for our mortal weakness
Wilt bear Thy lambs in that sweet place of rest.

5. How blest was he to whom Thy Mother holy
Thou didst commend whilst hanging on the Tree;
O Lord, may we, submissive, meek, and lowly,
Obey our parents for the love of Thee.

6. Saviour of children, listen to our singing,
And grant that we one day with Thee may dwell,
And where Thy saints' and angels' songs are ringing
Thy love to us Thy little ones may tell.

Sheet Music from Chope


The feast day of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, occurs on December 27, within the traditional 12 days of Christmas. For more information, see Hymns To St. John The Evangelist.

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