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Sounding Childhood

30 Selections from the Top Ranking Hymns for Children

In the following table, "No." is the hymn number, in order of popularity; "Pop." is the popularity of the hymn (percentage of 100 19th-century children's hymnals surveyed). The title of each hymn is linked to a page with more information about the hymn: interpretation, audio recording, hymn text and musical score.

No.Pop. (%)TitleDateAuthor of textTune (composer if known)
146I think, when I read that sweet story of old1841Jemima Thompson LukeGreek tune
243Awake, my soul, and with the sun1674Thomas Ken"Morning hymn"
342Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear 1827John Keble"Hursley"
441From Greenland’s icy mountains 1823Reginald Heber"Missionary Hymn" by Lowell Mason
540Hark! The herald angels sing 1739Charles Wesley"Berlin" from Mendelssohn
638There is a happy land​ 1843Andrew Young"Happy land"
733Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty 1826Reginald Heber"Nicea" by J. B. Dykes
833Rock of Ages, cleft for me 1776Augustus Toplady"Redhead" by Richard Redhead
931All hail the power of Jesus’ name 1779Edward Perronet"Diadem" by James Ellor
1031Glory to Thee, my God, this night 1695Thomas Ken"Tallis’ Canon"
1129Abide with me, fast falls the eventide 1847Henry Francis Lyte"Eventide" by Wm. H. Monk
1229I sing the almighty power of God 1715Isaac Watts"Washington"
1326Nearer, my God, to thee 1841Sarah Flower Adams"Horbury" by J. B. Dykes
1425Around the throne of God in heaven 1838Anne Shepherd"Glory"
1525Great God, and will Thou condescend 1810Anne and Jane Taylor"Holley" by G. Hews
1625There’s a Friend for little children  1859Albert Midlane"Children’s Friend"
1724Gentle Jesus, meek and mild 1742Charles Wesley"Innocent"
1823Here we suffer grief and pain 1832Thomas Bilby"Joyful"
1922Christ the Lord is risen today 1739Charles Wesley"Easter Hymn"
2022Jerusalem the golden 1861John Mason Neale"Ewing" by Alexander Ewing
2120Hushed was the evening hymn 1857James Burns"Samuel" by Arthur Sullivan
2218We are but little children weak 1850C. F. Alexander"Alstone"
2316Once in Royal David’s City 1848C. F. Alexander"Irby" by H. J. Gauntlett
249Jesus, Lover of my soul 1740Charles Wesley"Hollingside" by J. B. Dukes
258I love to tell the story 1866Katherine Hankey"Hankey" by Wm. Fischer
267Jesus bids us shine 1881Susan Warner"Little Soldiers"
271Father, in high heaven dwelling 1896unknownMusic by W. Jackson
281One day, dear children, you must die 1862unknownMusic by John B. Dykes
291Voice of the Helpless (Band of Mercy) 1897Carlotta PerryMusic by L. B. Marshall
301Lift aloft our banner (Band of Mercy) 1897Thomas Timmons"Battle Hymn of the Republic"
311There is a happy time (Band of Hope) 1861unknown"Happy Land"


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