Author: Max von Schenkendorf (1783-1817) Composer: Hans Georg Nägeli (1773-1836)
1. Don’t you see on heav’nly pastures Our good, patient Shepherd pass, And by bloody footmarks tracing Sheep and lambs in sore distress? Do you know His flock so precious Do you know His Shepherd’s staff, Which new life and light so gracious Unto earth and heaven gave?
2. See, a lamb away has wandered And the Shepherd runs in haste, Leaves the rest to seek the straying Till He finds and holds it fast. In His arms He bears it gently, Soothes its sorrow and its pain, Causes all its fears to vanish, Brings it to the fold again.
3. Follow this good Shepherd solely, Earthly pilgrims one and all! Let Him then direct you wholly, Follow gladly at His call! Let Him to the flock then take you. Trust ye in His pow’r to save! Glad His ways fore’er will make you Blessed who his heart Him gave!
4. Would you on this earthly journey Feel such care and kind regard? Come to Christ, the loving Shepherd; Consecrate to Him your heart! Lead me to Thy pleasant pastures, To Thy living fount, O Lord; And through joy and sorrow bring me To that great and blest reward!
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!