Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee?

Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee?

Author: Samuel Hinds
Published in 14 hymnals

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1 Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee?
A boon of love divine we seek;
Brought to Thine arms in infancy,
Ere heart could feel, or tongue could speak,
Thy children pray for grace, that they
May come themselves to Thee to-day.

2 Lord, shall we come? and come again,
Oft as we see Thy table spread,
And tokens of Thy dying pain,
The wine pour'd out, the broken bread?
Bless, bless, O Lord, Thy children's prayer,
That they may come and find Thee there.

3 Lord, shall we come? not thus alone.
At holy time, or solemn rite,
But every hour till life be flown,
Through weal or woe, in gloom or light,
Come to Thy throne of grace, that we
In faith, hope, love, confirm'd may be?

4 Lord, shall we come? come yet again?
Thy children ask one blessing more:
To come, not now alone; -- but then
When life, and death, and time are o'er,
Then, then to come, O Lord, and be
Confirm'd in heaven, confirm'd by Thee.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: Samuel Hinds

Samuel Hinds was born in the island of Barbadoes, in 1793. He was educated at Queen's College, Oxford, graduating in 1815. He was afterwards Vice-Principal of Alban Hall, Oxford, and subsequently Principal of Codrington College, Barbadoes. Returning to England, he was appointed Vicar of Yardley, Herts, holding this position from 1834 to 1843. He then went to Ireland, and became Rector of Prebendary of Castleknoch, Dublin, and Chaplain to Archbishop Whately. He became Dean of Carlisle in 1848, and Bishop of Norwich in 1849. He resigned his See in 1857, and retired into private life. He died in 1872. He was the author of several publications. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee?
Author: Samuel Hinds
Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee? Bishop S. Hinds. [Confirmation.] In Sonnets and other Short Poems, chiefly on Sacred Subjects. By Samuel Hinds, D.D. , Lond., B. Fellowes, 1834, p. 65, is the following:—

"Confirmation Hymn.
"Lord, shall Thy children come to Thee ?
A boon of love divine we seek:
Brought to Thy arms in infancy,
Ere hearts could feel or tongue could speak,
Thy children pray for grace, that they
May come themselves to Thee this day.

“Lord, shall we come, and come again?
Oft as we see yon Table spread,
And, tokens of Thy dying pain,
The wine pour'd out, the broken bread;
Bless, bless, O Lord, Thy children's prayer,
That they may come and find Thee there.

“Lord, shall we come, come yet again?
Thy children ask one blessing more —
To come, (not now alone and then,)
When life and death and time are o'er,
Then, then to come, O Lord, and be
Confirmed in heaven, confirmed by Thee!"

When this hymn was included in the Psalms & Hymns for the Use of Rugby School Chapel, circa 1843 (1850 ed. No. 51), the following stanza by H. J. Buckoll, was added as stanza iii., thus making a hymn of 4 stanzas:—

Lord, shall we come? not thus alone
At holy time, or solemn rite?
But every hour till life be flown,
Through weal or woe, in gloom or light,—
Come to Thy throne of grace, that we
In faith, hope, love, confirmed may be."

In addition to writing this stanza, Buckoll made a few alterations in, and repunctuated Bishop Hinds's text. Two forms of the hymn have thus come into use, the first the original, and the second the Hinds-Buckoll text. The latter is that usually given in the Public Schools hymn-books.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances

Instances (1 - 14 of 14)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book #526
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #233
Church Hymns with Tunes #273
Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #241Page Scan
Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church #d68
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #241Text
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America : Revised edition (1874) #241Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes for Children of the Church #d115
Sunday School Hymns #d91
The Church Hymnal Revised: containing hymns approved and set forth by the general convetions of 1892 and 1916; together with hymns for the use of guilds and brotherhoods, and for special occastions #247Page Scan
The Church Hymnal with Canticles #241Page Scan
The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with accompanying tunes (3rd ed., rev. and enl.) #515Page Scan
The Hymnal: as authorized and approved by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1916 #376TextPage Scan
The Hymnal: with tunes old and new #241Page Scan



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