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The Good Shepherd

C.M.

1
How carefully the shepherds keep
Their flocks within their sight,
So Jesus watches o’er His sheep,
And guards them day and night.

2
The shepherd numbers twice a day
The flock beneath his care;
He knows if any go astray,
Or sick or dying are.

3
So Jesus reckons one by one,
And numbers all His sheep;
He knows if but a lamb is gone,
For He doth never sleep.

4
The flocks of men are bought with gold,
And grass is all their food;
The sheep and lambs of Jesus’ fold
Are purchased with His blood.

5
Each child that’s wise would wish to be
One of that happy band
Who know His voice, His mercy see,
Led by His gentle hand.