Scripture Verse

I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto Thy name. 2 Samuel 22:50


Christ the Shepherd,
St. John the Baptist
Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales

Words: Ma­ry B. Pe­ters, in the Ply­mouth Breth­ren’s Psalms, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs (Lon­don: D. Wal­ther, 1842). Also ap­peared in Psalms and Hymns, ed­it­ed by James Kel­ly (Bath and Lon­don: Binns & Good­win, and Nis­bet, 1849), num­ber 30.

Music: Mainz­er Jo­seph Mainz­er, 1841 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joseph Mainzer (1801–1851)


With thank­ful hearts, we meet, O Lord,
To sing Thy praise, to hear Thy Word,
To seek Thy face in ear­nest pray­er,
And cast on Thee each earth­ly care.

Great Shep­herd of Thy chos­en flock,
Thy peo­ple’s shield, their shel­ter­ing rock,
Again we meet to hear Thy voice,
Again be­fore Thee we re­joice.

O may the Spir­it, by the Word,
Refresh our hearts in Thee, O Lord,
All wea­ried of the things be­low,
No rest but Thine we fain would know.

Thy pre­sence in our midst we seek;
Confirm the strong, sus­tain the weak;
Weary and faint to Thee we come,
To crave some fore­taste of our home.

We long with all the blood washed throng,
To join the uni­ver­sal song;
When Heav’n and earth with pros­trate knee,
Shall both bow down and wor­ship Thee.