1 Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
bless Your little lamb tonight;
through the darkness please be near me;
watch my sleep till morning light.
2 All this day Your hand has led me,
and I thank You for Your care;
You have clothed me, warmed and fed me,
listen to my evening prayer.
3 Let my sins be all forgiven;
bless the friends I love so well;
take me, when I die, to heaven,
happy there with You to dwell.
Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #11
|First Line:||Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me|
|Title:||Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me|
|Author:||Mary Lundie Duncan (1839)|
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me. Mary Duncan, née Lundie. [Child's Evening Hymn.] This beautiful little hymn was composed for her children in 1839, and first published in 3 stanzas of 4 lines in her Memoir, 1841 (edition 1843, p. 311). It is No. 3 in her Rhymes for my Children, 1842, entitled "An Evening Prayer." It has been included in England in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, the Hymnal Companion, 1876, and others; in America, in the Episcopal Hymn Book, 1871, the Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880, the Songs of Christian Praise, N. Y., 1881, and in other collections. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)