Saviour like a Shepherd Lead Us

This hymn of intercession, loosely based on Psalm 23, was published in Hymns for the Young, 4th edition, London, 1836. It is attributed to the editor of this collection, Dorothy Ann Thrupp (1779-1847), who often published her own hymns anonymously or under a pseudonym.

With meter 8.7.8.7.4.7, tunes it is almost always set to a tune composed for the text by American organist, music teacher and publisher William Batchelder Bradbury (1816 –1868), which is usually called BRADBURY.


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Lyrics

Traditional language

Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
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, O hear us when we pray;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we 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,
Early let us turn to Thee;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favour,
Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Savior,
With Thy love our bosoms fill:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Modern English

Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Your tender care;
In Your pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Your folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
You have bought us, Yours we are;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
You hast bought us, Yours we are.

We are Yours, do You befriend us,
Be the guardian of our way;
Keep Your flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Your have promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful though we be;
You have mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow'r to free:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to You;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to You.

Early let us seek Your favour,
Early let us do Your will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
With Your love our bosoms fill:
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
You have loved us, love us still;
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus,
You have loved us, love us still.

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