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THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Valdimar Briem (1848-1930)

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Good Shepherd, Thou who gavest

Thy life upon the Cross,

A sacrifice to save us

From sin's eternal loss,

Grant us in dear remembrance

Thy wondrous gift to keep,

Bought by Thy blood and numbered,

Saviour, among Thy sheep.

Sure stands our steadfast comfort,

For Thou our Shepherd art;

With this bright faith no sorrow

Can overwhelm the heart;

Thou leadest forth Thy people

Where living waters flow;

With fruits celestial feedest

On Calvary's Tree that grow.

What though the wolf would drive us

Far from this blissful ground?

The Lord with arm of glory

Doth compass us around;

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And over stream and mountain,

Whene'er self-willed we roam,

The Shepherd on His shoulders

Rejoicing bears us home.

One day in God's new heavens,

Jerusalem above,

Their Guide the sheep will follow,

Drawn on with cords of love,

Through life's immortal pastures,

Through raptures all untold,

One flock for everlasting,

One Shepherd, and one fold.

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