In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >
Sometimes labeled as a "composite," this anonymous text was published in the Augustana Lutheran Hymnal (1925) and in Henry J. Kuiper’s New Christian Hymnal (1929). It was introduced to many Christian school children in Let Youth Praise Him (1949) and was included in the 1959 Psalter Hymnal. In 1985, Psalter Hymnal editor Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) revised the text for the 1987 edition.
All stanzas use the biblical imagery of the shepherd (Jesus) and his lambs (children) in a petition for guidance and protection. The refrain adds its "alleluia to our King" as evidence of the "humble praises." The entire text is an effective prayer of petition and praise.
Many occasions of worship; though it works well with younger children, suitable for all God's children, regardless of age.
VESPER HYMN appeared in John A. Stevenson's Selection of Popular National Airs (1818) as a setting for Thomas Moore's "Hark! The Vesper Hymn Is Stealing." A footnote in that hymnal explained that Stevenson had added what is-now the first line of the retrain to a "Russian Air." Some later hymnals att…