Let Them Come to Me

Sweet the lesson [lessons] Jesus taught

Author (attributed to): Hugh Stowell; Author (attributed to): Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Published in 12 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Sweet the lesson Jesus taught,
When to Him fond parents brought,
Babes for whom thy blessing sought,
Little ones like me.

2 Jesus did not answer nay,
Bid them come another day;
Jesus did not turn away
Little ones like me.

3 No, my Saviour’s hand was laid,
Softly on each infant’s head;
Jesus, when He blessed them said,
“Let them come to Me.”

4 Babes may still His blessing share;
Lambs are His peculiar care;
He will in His bosom bear
Little ones like me.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #672

Author (attributed to): Hugh Stowell

Stowell, Hugh, an able and popular minister of the Church of England, was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, December 3, 1799. He graduated at Oxford in 1822, and took holy orders the following year. He held various offices in his Church; became rector at Salford in 1831; was appointed honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral in 1845, and later Rural Dean of Eccles. He published several volumes. He also edited a book of hymns: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Services of the Church of England, 1831. To the several editions of this book most of his hymns were contributed. He died at Safford October 8, 1865. From every stormy wind that blows 495 Lord of all power and might 206 Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915 by Charles Nutter… Go to person page >

Author (attributed to): Jane Elizabeth Leeson

Leeson, Jane E.. The earliest work by Miss Leeson with which we are acquainted is her Infant Hymnings. Then followed Hymns and Scenes of Childhood, or A Sponsor's Gift (London, James Burns; Nottingham, Dearden), 1842, in which the Infant Hymnings were incorporated. Concerning Pt. ii. of the Hymns and Scenes, &c, Miss Leeson says, "For the best of the Poems in the second part, the Writer is indebted to a friend." In the Rev. Henry Formby's Catholic Hymns arranged in order for the principal Festivals, Feasts of Saints, and other occasions of Devotion throughout the Year, London, Burns and Lambert, N.D. [1851], "Imprimatur, N. Cardinalis Wiseman, May 3rd, 1853," her translation of Victimae Paschali (“Christ the Lord is risen to-day"), and he… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sweet the lesson [lessons] Jesus taught
Title: Let Them Come to Me
Author (attributed to): Hugh Stowell
Author (attributed to): Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Little ones, little ones
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Children's Hymnal and Service Book #81

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The Church Hymnary #927

The Friends' Hymnal #d568

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The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #a672

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