I Met the Good Shepherd

Representative Text

1 I met the good shepherd
Just now on the plain,
As homeward he carried
His lost one again;
I marvelled how gently
His burden he bore,
And as he passed by me
I knelt to adore.

2 O Shepherd, good shepherd,
Thy wounds they are deep;
The wolves have sore hurt thee
In saving thy sheep.
Thy raiment all over
With crimson is dyed;
And what is this wound
They have made in thy side?

3 O Shepherd, good shepherd,
And is it for me
This grievous affliction
Has fallen on thee?
Thy wounds make me love thee,
My heart shall be thine;
With thee I will journey,
My shepherd divine.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #111

Author: Edward Caswall

Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I met the good Shepherd
Title: I Met the Good Shepherd
Author: Edward Caswall
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


HALLEL (Foster)

MUELLER (Murray)

With the original two-stanza text, AWAY IN A MANGER was first published in James R. Murray's Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (1887) and initialed “J. R. M.” Murray (b. Andover, MA, 1841; d. Cincinnati, OH, 1905) compiled the songbook and is now thought to be the tune's composer. However,…

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The Cyber Hymnal #2948
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Scripture Song Database #1660


The Cyber Hymnal #2948


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #111

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