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416. Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd

1 Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd,
our little ones are dear to thee;
gathered with thine arms and carried
in thy bosom may they be
sweetly, gently, safely tended,
from all want and danger free.

2 Tender Shepherd, never leave them
from thy fold to go astray;
by thy look of love directed,
may they walk the narrow way;
thus direct them, and protect them,
lest they fall an easy prey.

3 Let thy holy Word instruct them:
fill their minds with heav'nly light;
let thy love and grace constrain them,
to approve whate'er is right,
take thine easy yoke and wear it,
and to prove thy burden light.

4 Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly
in the stream thy love supplied;
mingled streams of blood and water
flowing from thy wounded side:
and to heav'nly pastures lead them,
where thine own still waters glide.

Text Information
First Line: Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd
Title: Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd
Author: Jane E. Lesson (1842)
Adapter: John Keble (1857; alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: The Church: Baptism; Christ: Shepherd; Family Worship (1 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: William L. Viner (1845)
Key: A♭ Major

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