242. Shepherd of tender youth

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

2 Thou art our holy Lord,
O all-subduing Word,
Healer of strife:
Thou didst Thyself abase,
That from sin's deep disgrace
Thou mightest save our race,
And give us life.

3 Thou art the great High-Priest;
Thou hast prepared the feast
Of holy love:
And in our mortal pain,
None call on Thee in vain;
Help Thou dost not disdain,
Help from above.

4 Ever be near our side,
Our Shepherd and our Guide,
Our Staff and Song:
Jesus, Thou Christ of God,
By Thine enduring Word,
Lead us where Thou hast trod;
Make our faith strong.

5 So now, until we die,
Sound we Thy praises high,
And joyful sing;
Let all the holy throng,
Who to Thy church belong,
Unite and swell the song
To Christ our King!

Text Information
First Line: Shepherd of tender youth
Translator: H. M. Dexter
Author: Clement of Alexandria
Publication Date: 1918
Topic: Childhood
Notes: Tune: OLIVET
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