Shepherd of Thine Israel, lead us. J. Conder. [The Good Shepherd.] In Conder's Hymns of Praise, Prayer, and Devout Meditation, 1856, p. 201, this hymn is given in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, together with the following note by the author's son, the Rev. E. R. Conder:—
"It is not quite certain whether the Author designed this Hymn to be included. It originated in an attempt to render a well-known imitation from the Welsh [‘Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,'], the popularity of which far exceeds its poetical merit, more worthy of the place it has now in our psalmody. But so little is borrowed, beyond the form and leading thought, that the foregoing seems fairly to rank as an original composition.-—E. R. C."
This has failed to receive the attention of hymnal compilers.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)