Sounding ChildhoodMain Menu30 Selections from the Top Ranking Hymns for ChildrenAlphabetical Index of Hymn TitlesScoresRecordingsTimelineCredits, 2015 Recording & WebsiteCredits, Permissions and CopyrightWorks CitedRehearsal VideosPart 2--Songs for School and PlayPart 3--Bands of Mercy SongsAlisa Clapp-ItnyreAlisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddcSOUNDING VICTORIAN Project 2016
God Bless the Little Children
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God Bless the Little Childreninvokes the story ofJesus bringing the little children to Himfrom Matthew 19; Luke 18). It is found in Eddy's book as #17--and other books of the century, too. As I write in my book, British Hymn Books, Chapter 5,this “hymn asks that “God Bless the Little children” (No. 17)—'Wherever they may be!’ Reverse anthropocentricism equates children now with nature: ‘Flow’rs in crowded city [sic], Like birds in forest free, God bless the little children, Wherever they may be!’ (v.1). Though never naming Africa or China, children around the world are no doubt alluded to in this hymn, the natural metaphors suggesting that all living elements are ‘bless[ed]…Wherever they may be!’ It is a commanding late-century response to early colonialist rhetoric” (Clapp-Itnyre 224).