Scripture Verse

I am the good Shepherd. John 10:11


Words: C. C. Web­ster, in Bright Gems (York, Penn­syl­van­ia: Cri­der & Bro­ther, 1881), num­ber 74.

Music: Cot­ton­wood Sam­u­el B. El­len­ber­ger, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Web­ster’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or El­len­ber­ger (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Oh, there is a fold well tended
By a shepherd kind and strong;
Ever from all harm defended—
Do you to this fold belong?


Little children, come to Jesus:
You may to this fold belong.
Knock, and He will bid you enter.
There is room enough for all.

All the lambs are kind and loving;
All obey their shepherd’s voice.
Day by day His kindness proving,
In His love they all rejoice.


Kind and gentle, loving ever,
Seeking those that go astray;
Down beside the crystal river,
There He leads them all the day.


Knock, and He will bid you enter;
For He never turns away
Those who seek His welcome tender,
But receives and bids them stay.