1 Shepherd of Israel, bend thine ear,
Thy servants' groans indulgent hear;
Perplex'd, distress'd, to thee we cry,
And seek the guidance of thine eye.
2 Thy comprehensive view surveys
Our wandering paths, our trackless ways;
Send forth, O Lord, thy truth and light,
To guide our doubtful footsteps right.
3 With longing eyes, behold, we wait
In suppliant crowds at mercy's gate:
Our drooping hearts, O God, sustain:
Shall Israel seek thy face in vain?
4 O Lord, in ways of peace return,
Nor let thy flock neglected mourn;
May our blest eyes a shepherd see,
Dear to our souls, and dear to thee.
5 Fed by his care, our tongues shall raise
A cheerful tribute to thy praise;
Our children learn the grateful song,
And theirs the cheerful notes prolong.
Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #570
Shepherd of Israel, bend Thine ear. P. Doddridge. [During a Ministerial Vacancy.] In the D. manuscript this is No. 63, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and is headed, "Of seeking a right way from God, from Ezra viii. 21. At a meeting of ministers at Bedworth, during their long vacancy;" and is dated "April 10, 1735." It was published by Job Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 370, in a slightly altered form; and the same text was repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. It is usually given in modern hymnbooks in a slightly altered form from that of 1755. In the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, st. ii.-iv. are given as "O Lord, Thy pitying eye surveys."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)