Gracious Saviour, gentle Shepherd
1 Gracious Saviour, gentle Shepherd
Little ones are dear to Thee
Gathered with Thine arms and carried
In Thy bosom, may they be
Sweetly, fondly, safely tended
From all want and danger free.
2 Tender Shepherd, never leave them
From Thy fold to go astray
By Thy look of love directed
May they walk the narrow way
Thus direct them and protect them
Lest they fall an easy prey.
3 Let Thy holy word instruct them
Fill their minds with heavenly light
Let Thy love and grace constrain them
To approve whate’er is right
Take Thine easy yoke and wear it
And to prove Thy burden light.
4 Taught to lisp the holy praises
Which on earth thy children sing
Both with lips and hearts unfeigned
Glad thank-offerings may they bring
Then, with all the saints in glory
Join to praise their Lord and King.