1 Jesus, great Shepherd of the sheep,
To Thee for help we fly;
Thy little flock in safety keep;
For O! the wolf is nigh.
2 Us into Thy protection take,
And gather with Thy arm;
Unless the fold we first forsake
The wolf can never harm.
3 We laugh to scorn his cruel power,
While by our Shepherd's side;
The sheep he never can devour,
Unless he first divide.
4 O do not suffer him to part
The souls that here agree;
But make us of one mind and heart,
And keep us one in Thee!
5 Together let us sweetly live,
Together let us die;
And each a starry crown receive,
And reign above the sky.
Source: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book: official hymn book of the Methodist Church #63
"Jesus, Shepherd of the sheep, Gracious is Thine arm to keep."This was repeated in later collections. In Cotterill's Psalms & Hymns, 1810-1819, another arrangement from Hammond as:—
“Jesus, Shepherd of the sheep, owerful is Thine arm to keep."This is usually confounded with R. Hill's arrangement of Hammond's text. It is, however, a distinct cento. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)