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Lovingly, Tenderly Calling

Jesus, the loving Shepherd

Author: W. A. Ogden
Tune: [Jesus, the loving Shepherd]
Published in 38 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 waiting, there standing 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. [Refrain]

3 Lingering is but folly,
Wolves are abroad today,
Seeking the sheep who’re straying,
Seeking the lambs to slay;
Jesus, the loving Shepherd,
Calleth thee now to come;
Enter the fold of safety,
Where there is rest and room. [Refrain]

Source: The Old Story in Song Number Two #112

Author: W. A. Ogden

William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio. Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio. When Ogden was six years old, his fam­i­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He began stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle la­ter, he could write a mel­o­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a chor­ist­er in his home church. At the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fant­ry. Duri­ng the war he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known throug­hout the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land. After the war, Og­den r… Go to person page >

Text Information

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



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