864. Shepherd of Tender Youth

1 Shepherd of tender youth,
Guiding in love and truth
Through devious ways;
Christ, our triumphant king,
We come Your name to sing
And here our children bring
To join Your praise.

2 You are our holy Lord,
The all-subduing Word,
Healer of strife.
Yourself You did abase
That from sin's deep disgrace
You so might save our race
And give us life.

3 You are the great High Priest;
You have prepared the feast
Of holy love;
And in our mortal pain
None calls on You in vain;
Our pleas do not disdain;
Help from above.

4 O ever be our guide,
Our shepherd, and our pride,
Our staff and song.
Jesus, O Christ of God,
By your enduring Word
Lead us where You have trod;
Make our faith strong.

5 So now, and till we die,
Sound we Your praises high
And joyful sing:
Infants, and all the throng,
Who to the Church belong,
Unite to swell the song
To Christ, our king!

Text Information
First Line: Shepherd of tender youth
Title: Shepherd of Tender Youth
Original Language: Greek
Author (attributed to): Clement of Alexandria, c. 170-c.220
Translator: Henry M. Dexter, 1821-90 (alt. )
Meter: 664 66 64
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Scripture: ;
Topic: Christian Home and Education; Christian Education
Tune Information
Name: ITALIAN HYMN
Composer: Felice de Giardini, 1716-96
Meter: 664 66 64
Key: F Major
Source: The Lutheran Book of Worship: Select Hymns, 1985 (Setting)



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