97. When Mothers of Salem

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When mothers of Salem
 
Their children brought to Jesus,
 
The stern disciples drove them back
 
And bade them depart;
 
But Jesus saw them ere they fled,
 
And took them in His arms and said,
 
"Suffer the children to come unto Me."
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And still the kind Saviour
 
Bids little children welcome,
 
For Jesus' loving, tender heart
 
To children is the same;
 
Though here His voice is no more heard,
 
From heaven He tells us in His Word,
 
"Suffer the children to come unto Me."
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How happy the children
 
Who rest on Jesus' bosom,
 
And there, like little sheltered lambs,
 
Lie safely and at rest;
 
No one can pluck His lambs away,
 
And He who keeps them loves to say,
 
"Suffer the children to come unto Me."