Author of the Lyrics
The author of the edifying
words of the "This Child we Dedicate to Thee " lyrics, Christoph Friedrich Neander (December 28, 1723-July 9, 1802),
was born in Eckau, Kurland, Germany and
achieved fame as a Hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "This Child we Dedicate to Thee ", Henry Percy Smith (December 1825-January 28, 1898),
was born in Malta and
became famous as a Canon of the cathedral at Gibraltar, composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: This Child we Dedicate to Thee
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Christoph Friedrich Neander (December 28, 1723
to July 9, 1802)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: Samuel Gilman who translated the words from French to English in 1823
Name of Composer of Music: Henry Percy Smith (December 1825 to
January 28, 1898)
Hymn Category: Baptism & Christening Songs
First Line of Hymn: "This child we dedicate to Thee, O God of grace and purity"
First Publication Date:
This Child we Dedicate to Thee Lyrics
This child we dedicate to Thee,
O God of grace and purity!
Shield it from sin and threatening wrong,
And let Thy love its life prolong.
O may Thy Spirit gently draw
Its willing soul to keep Thy law;
May virtue, piety, and truth,
Dawn even with its dawning youth!
We, too, before Thy gracious sight
Once shared the blest baptismal rite,
And would renew its solemn vow,
With love, and thanks, and praises now.
Grant that, with true and faithful heart,
We still may act the Christian's part,
Cheered by each promise Thou hast giv'n,
And laboring for the prize in Heav'n.