The interesting origin of the tune for “Jesus Loves the Little Children”

Jesus loves the little children

While watching the old classic movie The Old Maid this evening, I heard a brass band playing the tune to the song I’ve always known as Jesus Loves The Little Children.  You may remember the song from your childhood.

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world,

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

It’s a song that teaches the great truth that Jesus does indeed love everyone in the world, especially the children.  What’s interesting is that the tune was originally written by George F. Root for one of the most popular songs of the American Civil War.  The name of the song was Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!  Root wrote the song from a prisoner’s point of view, hoping to give hope to the Union prisoners of war.  The words were as follows:

Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,

Cheer up comrades they will come,

And beneath the starry flag

We shall breathe the air again,

Of the freeland in our own beloved home.