"Shepherd of Tender Youth"
by Clement of Alexandria, c. 170-c. 220
Translated by Henry M. Dexter, 1821-1890
Text From:
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.450



1. Shepherd of tender youth,
Guiding in love and truth
Through devious ways;
Christ, our triumphant King,
We come Thy name to sing
And here our children bring
To join Thy praise.

2. Thou art our Holy Lord,
O all-subduing Word,
Healer of strife,
Thou didst Thyself abase
That from sin's deep disgrace
Thou mightest save our race
And give us life.

3. Thou art the great High Priest;
Thou hast prepared the feast
Of holy love;
And in our mortal pain
None calls on Thee in vain;
Help Thou dost not disdain,
Help from above.

4. Ever be Thou our Guide,
Our Shepherd and our Pride,
Our Staff and Song;
Jesus, Thou Christ of God,
By Thine enduring Word
Lead us where Thou hast trod,
Make our faith strong.

5. So now, and till we die,
Sound we Thy praises high
And joyful sing;
Infants and the glad throng
Who to Thy Church belong,
Unite to swell the song
To Christ, our King.



Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #628 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Is. 40:11
Author: Clement of Alexandria, c. 200, asc.
Translated by: Henry M. Dexter, 1846
Titled:
Composer: Lowell Mason, 1832
Tune: "Olivet"