This morning at mgpc we sang Saviour, Like A Shepherd Lead Us.
The hymn takes the themes of the twenty-third psalm and weaves them through an identification of Jesus as the great shepherd of God’s sheep.
It also expresses a prayer for faith to start early in life.
Yes, it’s basically a child’s hymn, though these days the lyrics are more substantial than most material written for adults.
The lyrics are attributed to Dorothy A. Thrupp (with some dispute) and is usually sung to the tune Bradbury, composed by William Bradbury specifically for this hymn.
This is a traditional form of the lyrics:
Saviour, like a Shepherd lead us,
Much we need thy tend’rest care;
In thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
We are thine; do thou befriend us,
Be the Guardian of our way;
Keep thy flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Hear the children when they pray.
Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Let us early turn to thee.
Early let us seek thy favor;
Early let us do thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
With thy love our bosoms fill
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

I like this decidedly non traditional version by Leigh Nash from her Hymns and Sacred Songs Album.

Here’s a very traditional rendition.

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