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Jesus, the tender shepherd

Jesus, the tender shepherd

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Tune: [Jesus the tender Shepherd] (Morris)
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: MusicXML

Representative Text

1 Jesus, the tender Shepherd,
Needs you the lost to seek,
Needs you to lift the fallen,
Strengthen and help the weak.
Some of His lambs are wand'ring
Out on the hills astray;
To gather them in from the fields of sin,
Jesus needs you today.

Jesus needs you today,
(Jesus needs you, needs you today,)
Jesus needs you;
(Jesus needs you, needs yo today;)
Not some other, but you, my brother,
Arise, and away!
Jesus needs you, Jesus needs you;
(Jesus needs you, needs you,)
Not some other, but you, my brother,
Yes, Jesus needs you today.

2 Needs you to feed the hungry,
From His abundant store;
Bind up the brokenhearted;
Visit the sick and poor:
Needs you to scatter sunshine,
All along life's rough way;
Some hearts to make glad, that are lonely and sad,
Jesus needs you today. [Chorus]

3 Needs you to tell the story,
Old, and yet always new;
Some one will fail to hear it,
Unless 'tis told by you;
Ready for any service,
Close by His side to stay;
The sickle to wield in life's harvest-field,
Jesus needs you today. [Chorus]

Source: The New Praiseworthy: for the Church and Sunday School #156

Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris

Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by." Mary Louise VanDyke Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Jesus, the tender shepherd
Author: Mrs. C. H. Morris
Refrain First Line: Jesus needs you today



The New Praiseworthy: for the Church and Sunday School #156


Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

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Songs of Salvation and Service. #d142

The Herald #d108

The New Make Christ King #d109

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The New Praiseworthy #156

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