Baptism Of A Little Girl

WHISPER it softly we give her to Thee!

To Thee, holy Father! Thine wholly to thee;

Thine only, blest Giver!

Thine now and for ever!

Accept her, oh Father, we bring her to Thee.

As the water o'erlieth her beautiful brow,

Send down thy pure Spirit and sanction the vow;

Thy covenant sealing,

Give mercy and healing,

And keep her, oh Father, as spotless as now.

If through the dark valley called early to tread,

Or by the clear fountains of Hope-waters led,

In joy and in weeping,

Thy watch-care and keeping,

We crave, Gentle Shepherd, her path to o'erspread.

Oh, help us to scatter, on Life's rugged road,

Truth-seeds that shall bloom in the garden of God;

And when Thou shalt gather

Thy lambs, Holy Father,

In Heaven's green pasture grant her an abode.