CHILD that kneelest meekly there,
Pouring all thy soul in prayer,
Would that I might be like thee,
In unreserving piety!
Such as thou, did Jesus take,
Model for mankind, to make;
Such as thou, in guileless love,
Nursling of the Heavenly Dove.
Oh, that while on thee, I gaze,
I might learn thy blessed ways;
All thy confidence of heart,
All thine innocence of art!
Saviour, once Thyself a child,
Good and gentle, meek and mild,
Make me such as this to he;
Reproduce Thyself, in me!