Jesus Loves the Little Children, the Song and the Story

Composer Clare Herbert Woolston Writes Jesus Loves the Little Children



Children in Prayer
Clare Herbert Woolston (1856-1927) was a preacher in Chicago Illinois. He wrote the words for Jesus Loves the Little Children. The music was written by George F. Root (1820-1895), who wrote the words and music for several well known hymns, including Behold the Bridegroom Cometh!. Root originally wrote the tune for Jesus Loves the Little Children to accompany an American Civil War song called Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Jesus Loves the Little Children fast became a favorite, especially among children.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Refrain:
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Alternate Refrain:
Jesus died for all the children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus died for all the children of the world.

Jesus calls the children dear,
Come to me and never fear,
For I love the little children of the world;
I will take you by the hand,
Lead you to the better land,
For I love the little children of the world.

Refrain

Jesus is the Shepherd true,
And He'll always stand by you,
For He loves the little children of the world;
He's a Savior great and strong,
And He'll shield you from the wrong,
For He loves the little children of the world.

Refrain

I am coming, Lord, to Thee,
And Your soldier I will be,
For You love the little children of the world;
And Your cross I'll always bear,
And for You I'll do and dare,
For You love the little children of the world.

Refrain

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen

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