Shepherd of Souls in Love Come Feed Us

Picture of Jesus the Good Shepherd with lambs -  1 Shepherd of souls, in love come, feed us, life-giving Bread for hungry hearts! To those refreshing waters lead us  Where dwells the peace your grace imparts. May we, the wayward in your fold, By your forgiveness rest consoled. 2 Life-giving vine, come feed and nourish, Strengthen each branch with life divine; Ever in you O may we flourish Fruitful the branches on the vine. Lord, may our souls be purified So that in Christ may we abide. 3 Sinful is man who kneels before you, Worthy of you are you alone; Yet in your name do we implore you, Rich are the mercies you have shown. Say but the word, O Lord divine, Then are our hearts made pure like thine.
This hymn of petition for God's love and mercy was written by Dutch-American Roman Catholic liturgist, composer and publisher Omer Westendorf (1916-1997), and originally published in 1964 under the pen-name J. Clifford Evers. The first verse borrows from images in Psalm 23.

With meter 98.98.88, tunes it is set to include:
  • NEUMARK aka WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT, written by Georg Neumark (1621-1681) in 1657.
  • DU MEINER SEELEN - a Hungarian melody from the 16th. century which the text was originally set to.
Sheet music is available from WLP for people who have their Annual Print license - it does not appear to be available for purchase separately.




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Examples


Unaccompanied solo singer - tune DU MEINER SEELEN



Instrumental - guitar:



Instrumental - soprano line on a piano:



Instrumental - organ, tune NEUMARK


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Shepherd of souls, in love come, feed us ...

2  Life-giving vine, come feed and nourish ...

3  Sinful is man who kneels before you ...

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