367. Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd

1 Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd,
Children all are dear to Thee;
Gathered with Thine arms and carried
In Thy bosom may we be;
Sweetly, fondly, safely tended,
From all want and danger free.

2 Tender Shepherd, never leave us
From Thy fold to go astray;
By Thy look of love directed,
May we walk the narrow way.
Thus direct us and protect us,
Lest they fall an easy prey.

3 Cleanse our hearts from sinful folly
In the stream Thy love supplied,
Mingled stream of blood and water
Flowing from Thy wounded side;
And to heav'nly pastures lead us,
Where Thine own still waters glide.

4 Let Thy holy Word instruct us;
Guide us daily by its light;
Let Thy love and grace constrain us
To approve whate'er is right,
Take Thine easy yoke and wear it,
Strengthened with Thy heav'nly might.

5 Taught to lisp Thy holy praises
Which on earth Thy children sing,
Both with lips and hearts unfeigned,
May we thank-off'rings bring,
Then with all the saints in glory
Join to praise our Lord and King.

Text Information
First Line: Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd
Title: Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd
Author: J. E. Leeson, 1807-82
Meter: 87 87 87
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Jesus, Our Good Shepherd; Easter 3
Tune Information
Composer: E. K. Hoff, 1832-94
Meter: 87 87 87
Key: G Major

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