Scripture Verse

I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. John 10:11

Introduction

illustration
Christ the Shepherd
Bernhard Plockhorst
1825–1907
Wikimedia Commons

Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Lit­tle Sac­red Songs for Lit­tle Sing­ers, ed­it­ed by James R. Mur­ray (New York; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1892), page 6.

Music: Eto­bi­coke Ed­ward J. Ar­cher, 1892 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the ly­ri­cist’s name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Ar­cher (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

Jesus, like a shepherd tender,
Feeds His flock and gives them rest;
Praises to His name we render,
By whose grace our souls are blest.

Refrain

Blessèd Je­sus, like a shepherd,
Guide and keep us in the way;
Fit us for Thy happy kingdom
In the glo­ri­ous realms of day.

Feeble as we are, He careth
For our wants from day to day;
Each His love and pity shareth
While He guides us in the way.

Refrain

Holy Je­sus, still direct us,
While Thy lambs on earth are found;
Let Thy mighty power protect us
As we pass where snares abound.

Refrain

Keep us, save us, may we ne­ver
Turn from Thee, or grieve Thy love;
Feed us, lift us up for­ev­er
To Thy glo­ri­ous fold above.

Refrain