The Good Shepherd
Shepherd of Israel, from above
Thy feeble flock behold;
And let us never lose Thy love,
Nor wander from Thy fold.
Thou wilt not cast Thy lambs away;
Thy hand is ever near,
To guide them lest they go astray,
And keep them safe from fear.
Thy tender care supports the weak,
And will not let them fall;
Then teach us, Lord, Thy praise to speak,
And on Thy Name to call!
We want Thy help, for we are frail:
Thy light, for we are blind;
Let grace o’er all our doubts prevail,
To prove that Thou art kind.
Teach us the things we ought to know,
And may we find them true,
And still, in stature as we grow,
Increase in wisdom too.
Guide us through life; and then at last
Receive us into rest,
Thy tender arms around us cast,
And fold us to Thy breast.