Lovingly, Tenderly Calling

Jesus, the loving Shepherd

Author: W. A. Ogden
Tune: [Jesus, the loving Shepherd]
Published in 42 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Jesus, the loving Shepherd,
Calleth thee now to come
Into the fold of safety,
Where there is rest and room;
Come in the strength of manhood,
Come in the morn of youth,
Enter the fold of safety,
Enter the way of truth.

Lovingly, tenderly calling is he;
Wanderer, wanderer, come unto me,
Patiently standing there, waiting,
I See Jesus my Shepherd divine.

2 Jesus, the loving Shepherd,
Gave his dear life for thee,
Tenderly now he's calling,
Wanderer, come to me;
Haste, for without is danger,
Come, cries the Shepherd blest,
Enter the fold of safety,
Enter the place of rest. [Chorus]

3 Lingering is but folly,
Wolves are abroad today,
Seeking the sheep now straying,
Seeking the lambs to stay;
Jesus, the loving Shepherd,
Calleth thee now to come
Into the fold of safety,
When there is rest and room. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #46

Author: W. A. Ogden

William Augustine Ogden USA 1841-1897. Born at Franklin County, OH, his family moved to IN when he was age six. He studied music in local singing schools at age 8, and by age 10 could read church music fairly well. Later, he could write out a melody by hearing it sung or played. He enlisted in the American Civil War in the 30th IN Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland. After the war, he returned home, resumed music study, and taught school. He married Jennie V Headington, and they had two children: Lowell and Marian. He worked for the Iowa Normal School, Toledo Public School System. Among his teachers: Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, E E Baily and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, the loving Shepherd
Title: Lovingly, Tenderly Calling
Author: W. A. Ogden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lovingly, tenderly calling is He
Copyright: Public Domain



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