Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep

Loving Shepherd of thy sheep

Author: Jane Elizabeth Leeson
Published in 66 hymnals

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1 Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep,
Keep Thy lamb, in safety keep;
Nothing can Thy power withstand;
None can pluck me from Thy hand.

2 Loving Savior, Thou didst give
Thine own life that we might live;
And the hands outstretched to bless
Bear the cruel nails' impress.

3 We would praise Thee every day,
Gladly all Thy will obey,
Like Thy blessed ones above
Happy in Thy precious love.

4 Loving Shepherd, ever near,
Teach Thy lambs Thy voice to hear;
Suffer not our steps to stray
From the strait and narrow way.

5 Where Thou leadest we would go,
Walking in Thy steps below,
Till before our Father's throne
We shall know as we are known.

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: Jane Elizabeth 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)



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Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #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: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #517

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #434a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #434b

Complete Mission Praise #888

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #134


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

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #325


The Cyber Hymnal #4029

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