"The peculiar design of this publication is, to impress devotional feelings as early as possible on the infant mind; fully convinced as the author is, that they cannot be impressed too soon, and that a child, to feel the full force of the idea of God, ought never to remember the time when he had no such idea--to impress them by connecting religion with a variety of sensible objects; with all that he sees, all he hears, all that affects his young mind with wonder or delight; and thus by deep, strong, and permanent associations, to lay the best foundation for practical devotion in future life."
— Barbauld, Anna Letitia [née Aikin] (1743-1825)
(Preface, pp. v-vii)
See Hymns in Prose for Children. By the Author of Lessons for Children. (London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1781). <Link to Penn's Digital Library>