The Security of Christ's Sheep

My soul, with joy attend, While Jesus silence breaks

Author: Philip Doddridge
Tune: ALBION (Boyd)
Published in 67 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 My soul, with joy attend,
While Jesus silence breaks;
No angel’s harp such music yields
As what my Shepherd speaks.

2 “I know my sheep,” he cries;
“My soul approves them well;
Vain is the treacherous world’s disguise,
And vain the rage of hell.

3 “I freely feed them now
With tokens of my love.
But richer pastures I prepare,
And sweeter streams above.

4 “Unnumbered years of bliss
I to my sheep will give;
And while my throne unshaken stands,
Shall all my chosen live.

5 “This tried almighty hand
Is raised for their defence;
Where is the power can reach them there,
Or what can force them thence?”

6 Enough, my gracious Lord,
Let faith triumphant cry;
My heart can on this promise live;
Can on this promise die.

Source: A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #345

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My soul, with joy attend, While Jesus silence breaks
Title: The Security of Christ's Sheep
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


My soul, with joy attend. P. Doddridge. [The Security of Christ’s Sheep.] This is No. 97 of the D. MSS., but is undated [circa 1740]. It was published by J. Orton in his posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 3755, No. 231, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Happiness and Security of Christ's Sheep, John x. 28." It was also repeated in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 255. It is in common use in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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