Scripture Verse

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

Introduction

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Philip Doddridge
1702–1751

Words: Phi­lip Dodd­ridge (1702–1751). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Found­ed on Va­ri­ous Texts in the Ho­ly Scrip­tures, by Job Or­ton (Shrop­shire, Eng­land: Jo­shua Ed­dowes & John Cot­ton, 1755), num­ber 208: Christ’s lit­tle flock com­fort­ed with the views of a king­dom.

Music: Dun­dee Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1615 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Ye lit­tle flock whom Je­sus feeds,
Dismiss your anx­ious cares;
Look to the Shep­herd of your souls,
And smile away your fears.

Though wolves and li­ons prowl around,
His staff is your de­fense;
’Midst sands and rocks, your shep­herd’s voice,
Calls streams and pas­tures thence.

Your Fa­ther will a king­dom give,
And give it with de­light;
His feeb­lest child His love shall call,
To tri­umph in His sight.

Ten thou­sand prais­es, Lord, we bring,
For sure sup­ports like these;
And o’er the pi­ous dead we sing,
Thy liv­ing pro­mises.