Scripture Verse

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11


Words: Ben­ja­min Bed­dome (1717–1795). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Adapt­ed to Pub­lic Wor­ship (Lon­don: Bu­rton & Briggs, 1818), num­ber 119. Christ Our Shep­herd.

Music: Hes­per­us Hen­ry Ba­ker, 1854. First pub­lished in A Hym­nal for Use in the Eng­lish Church, by John Grey, 1866 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome or Bak­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Christ the Shepherd
Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907)
Wikimedia Commons

His flock the heav’n­ly Shep­herd feeds,
By purl­ing streams in flow­ery meads;
He guards them both by night and day,
And guides them lest they go as­tray.

Or if by Sa­tan’s wiles mis­led,
They in for­bid­den paths should tread,
He time­ly warns them of their sin,
And turns their wan­der­ing feet again.

In dan­ger He is always nigh,
No ev­il can es­cape His eye;
He calls His sheep, He knows their names,
And gent­ly leads the tender lambs.

Beneath the sha­dow of a rock,
From scorch­ing suns He screens His flock;
And should the prowl­ing wolf ap­pear,
They still are safe, for Christ is there.