1 As faithful shepherds of the Lord
Must we accounted be,
Who minister and teach the word
With real sincerity.
2 No more the Lord himself requests
Than to be just and true,
And ever act as for the best
As far as we do know.
3 Though we are oft reproach'd & blam'd
When we do as we ought,
But O! the truth can ne'er be sham'd
Or to dishonor brought.
4 Our thoughts and actions all are known,
To him who judgeth right;
The Lord who knows whate'er is done
Brings all things to the light.
5 O let us then with patience wait!
And watch with humble pray'r,
Till God, whose ways are just and straight,
In righteousness appear.Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #XIII