For a Christian Child.
Weil ich Jesu Schäflein bin
Seeing I am Jesus' lamb,
Ever glad at heart I am
O'er my Shepherd kind and good,
Who provides me daily food,
And His lamb by name doth call,
For He knows and loves us all.
Guided by His gentle staff
Where the sunny pastures laugh,
I go in and out and feed,
Lacking nothing that I need;
When I thirst my feet He brings
To the fresh and living springs.
Must I not rejoice for this?
He is mine, and I am His,
And when these bright days are past,
Safely in His arms at last
He will bear me home to heaven;
Ah what joy hath Jesus given!