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Church to Sunday School Songs

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When my father led worship in our home, it was all in German. But before going to the Sermon, he had adult Sunday School for the “Big Ones” and we “Little Ones” went into his study with our sister, Tirzah, who was our Sunday School teacher. Just before sending the Little Ones off, he sang two songs, all of us, of course, joining in. Looking through my old books, I found the words to these songs in markers I had placed in an Army and Navy Hymnal.[1] Here they are, and I hope at some point to record them, just so you can tell how they go.

Little Drops of Water

1. Little Drops of Water, Little grains of sand,

Make the mighty ocean And the beauteous land.

2. And the little moments, Humble though they be,

Make the mighty ages of eternity.

3. So our little errors, Lead the soul away

From the paths of virtue, Into sin to stray.

4. Little seeds of mercy, Sown by youthful hands,

Go to bless the nations, Far in heathen lands.

5. Little deeds of kindness, Little words of love,

Make our world an Eden, Like the heav’n above.

Usually he sang verses 1, 2, and 5. Then he would go right into the next song:

1. God is good, He gives food

To the little birds that fly.

Of them all, none doth fall

Without God on high.

2. Flowers rare he clotheth fair

Like the rainbow in the sky.

Glorious they in array,

Though they soon must die.

It is something going into an old book and finding markers like this that bring back childhood memories. I guess I’m growing old.

Just so that you get an idea how the songs go, I’ve recorded them, but in a more useful updated version. I left in one old word, “clotheth”. I hope it works. “Dresses” could be plugged in for it. I conclude with how my mother used the second song for a lullaby.

Little Drops of Water

1. Little Drops of Water, Little grains of sand,

Make the mighty ocean And the beauteous land.

2. And the little moments, Humble though they be,

Make the mighty ages of eternity.

3. So our little errors, Lead the soul away

From the paths of virtue, Into sin to stray.

4. Little seeds of mercy, Sown by youthful hands,

Go to bless the nations, In the far-away lands.

5. Little deeds of kindness, Little words of love,

Make our world an Eden, Like in heav’n above.

Usually Father sang verses 1, 2, and 5. Then he would go right into the next song:

1. God is good, Giving food

To the little birds that fly.

Of them all, none doth fall

Without God on high.

2. Flowers rare, God clotheth fair

Like the rainbow in the sky.

Glorious they in array,

Though they soon must die.

[1] Ivan L. Bennett, editor, Song and Service Book for Ship and Field: Army and Navy, (Washington: The United States Government Printing Office, 1942) (On the next page it states: A. S. Barnes and Company, Inc., 1941).  I believe that we must have gotten this hymnal from one of the American soldiers, who visited us regularly when we were in the UNRA Camp in Schwannheim, Germany.

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Written by peterkrey

June 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Posted in 1, Children's Songs

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  1. I like the poem. Enjoyed reading it.

    Beth

    June 11, 2009 at 9:14 am


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