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Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep

Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep

Author: Jane Eliza Leeson
Published in 82 hymnals

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1 Loving Shepherd of your sheep,
all your lambs in safety keep;
nothing can your power withstand,
none can pluck them from your hand.

2 May they praise you ev'ry day,
gladly all your will obey,
like your blessed ones above,
happy in your precious love.

3 Loving Shepherd, ever near,
teach your lambs your voice to hear;
suffer not their steps to stray
from the straight and narrow way.

4 Where you lead them may they go,
walking in your steps below;
then, before your Father's throne,
Savior, claim them for your own.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #527

Author: Jane Eliza Leeson

Leeson, Jane E.. The earliest work by Miss Leeson with which we are acquainted is her Infant Hymnings. Then followed Hymns and Scenes of Childhood, or A Sponsor's Gift (London, James Burns; Nottingham, Dearden), 1842, in which the Infant Hymnings were incorporated. Concerning Pt. ii. of the Hymns and Scenes, &c, Miss Leeson says, "For the best of the Poems in the second part, the Writer is indebted to a friend." In the Rev. Henry Formby's Catholic Hymns arranged in order for the principal Festivals, Feasts of Saints, and other occasions of Devotion throughout the Year, London, Burns and Lambert, N.D. [1851], "Imprimatur, N. Cardinalis Wiseman, May 3rd, 1853," her translation of Victimae Paschali (“Christ the Lord is risen to-day"), and he… Go to person page >


Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep. Jane E. Leeson. [The Good Shepherd.] Published in her Hymns and Scenes of Childhood, 1842, No. 17, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed with the text "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me," &c. In its original form it is not often found in modern hymn-books. In Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1875, and most other collections, lines 4-8 of stanza i. are omitted, thus forming a hymn of 5 stanzas of 4 lines. The omitted lines are:—

"Bought with blood, and bought for Thee,
Thine, and only Thine, I'd be,
Holy, harmless, humble, mild,
Jesus Christ's obedient child."

The Hymns Ancient & Modern text is the popular form of the hymn.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #4029
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Instances (1 - 16 of 16)

Ancient and Modern #724

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #495

Church Family Worship #147

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #655

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Common Praise #517

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #434a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #434b

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Complete Mission Praise #888

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CPWI Hymnal #664

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #134

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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #305

Hymns Old and New #325

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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #549


The Cyber Hymnal #4029

The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #511

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #527

Include 66 pre-1979 instances
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