He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.@Psalm 121:4
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Christ the Shepherd
Bernhard Plockhorst (1825-1907)

Adelaide A. Pollard, in Precious Jewels of Sacred Song, edited by W. Howard Doane (Louisville, Kentucky: World Publishing Company, 1905).

Jamaica Bay George C. Stebbins, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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George C. Stebbins (1846-1945)

Shepherd of Israel, keeping Thy sheep—
Never forgetting in slumber or sleep;
Folding them gently when night cometh on,
Going before them at break of the dawn.

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Shepherd of Israel, Shepherd of love,
Watching Thy flock from the glory above!
Knowing how weary their wilderness way;
Praying for them—ever living to pray!

Shepherd of Israel, true to Thine own
When the false hireling servant hath flown;
Laying Thy life down their pardon to win,
Shedding Thy blood to redeem them from sin!

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Shepherd of Israel, strong is Thine arm;
Shielding Thy flock from each threatening harm;
Gathering the lambs as they falter and fall,
Safe in Thy bosom enfolding them all!

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Shepherd of Israel, soon to appear,
Soon to deliver Thy little flock here!
Just to behold Thee their richest reward,
Shepherd of Israel, Jesus, their Lord!

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