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627. Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd

1 Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd,
Children all are dear to Thee;
Gathered with Thine arms and carried
In Thy bosom may they be;
Sweetly, fondly, safely tended,
From all want and danger free.

2 Tender Shepherd, never leave them,
Never let them go astray;
By Thy warning love directed,
May we walk the narrow way!
Thus direct them, thus defend them,
Lest they fall an easy prey.

3 Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly
In the stream Thy love supplied,
Mingled stream of blood and water
Flowing from Thy wounded side;
And to heav'nly pastures lead them,
Where Thine own still waters glide.

4 Let Thy holy Word instruct them;
Fill their minds with heavenly light;
Let Thy powerful grace constrain them
To approve whate'er is right;
Let them feel Thy yoke is easy,
Let them prove Thy burden light.

5 Taught to lisp Thy holy praises
Which on earth Thy children sing,
Both with lips and hearts, unfeignèd,
Glad thank-offerings may they bring;
Then with all the saints in glory
Join to praise their Lord and King.

Join to praise our Lord and King.

Text Information
First Line: Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd
Title: Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd
Author: Jane E. Leeson (1842)
Alterer: Jonathan Whittemore (cento, 1850)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Christian Home: Christian Education
Tune Information
Key: b minor
Source: "Geistreiches Gesangbuch," Darmstadt, 1698

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