1 Let us, the sheep by Jesus named
Our Shepherd's mercy bless;
Let us, whom Jesus hath redeemed
Show forth our thankfulness.
2 Not unto us, to thee alone,
Be praise and glory given;
Here shall thy praises be begun,
But carried on in heaven.
3 The hosts of spirits now with thee,
Eternal anthems sing;
To imitate them here, lo! we
Our hallelujahs bring.
4 Had we our tongues like them insired,
Like theirs our songs should rise;
Like them we never should be tired,
But love the sacrifice.
5 Till we this veil of flesh lay down,
Accept our weaker lays;
And when, O Lord, we reach thy throne,
We'll join in nobler praise.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
Let us the sheep in Jesus named. J. Cennick. [Praise to Jesus, the Good Shepherd.] Published as a "Hymn of Praise in a Dialogue," in his Sacred Hymns for the Use of Religious Societies, Bristol, 1743, Pt. i., No. iv., in 5 stanzas of 4 lines; and again, in the same year, in his Sacred Hymns for the Children of God in the Days of their Pilgrimage, Lond., 1743. This, in common with all Dialogue hymns with the Moravians, was sung antiphonally, the men taking the first half of each verse, and the women the second. The opening stanzas of this hymn are thus printed for antiphonal singing:—
1. "Let us the Sheep in Jesus nam'd,
Our Shepherd's Mercy bless:
Let us, whom Jesus hath redeem'd,
Shew forth our Thankfulness.
2. "Not unto us! to Thee alone,
Bless'd Lamb, be Glory giv'n;
Here shall Thy Praises be begun,
But carried on in Heaven."
In its original form this hymn is unknown to the modern collections, but, beginning with st. ii., as:—
"Not unto us! but Thee alone,
Bless'd Lamb, be glory given,"
it appeared in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 384, and is found in several modern hymnals in Great Britain and America, including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880, Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, and others. The first stanza of the hymn, "Not unto us but to Thy name" (q.v.), is also from this hymn. [William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)