Shepherd of Tender Youth – LSB 864 (Te Deum Conference – 2015 MI)

Rejoice in God’s gift of hymnody, recorded at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the 2015 Higher Things youth conferences.

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

2 You are the holy Lord,
O all-subduing Word,
Healer of strife.
Yourself You did abase
That from sin’s deep disgrace
You so might save our race
And give us life.

3 You are the great High Priest;
You have prepared the feast
Of holy love;
And in our mortal pain
None calls on You in vain;
Our plea do not disdain;
Help from above.

4 O ever be our guide,
Our shepherd, and our pride,
Our staff and song.
Jesus, O Christ of God,
By Your enduring Word
Lead us where You have trod;
Make our faith strong.

5 So now, and till we die,
Sound we Your praises high
And joyful sing:
Infants and all the throng,
Who to the Church belong,
Unite to swell the song
To Christ, our king!

Title: Shepherd of Tender Youth (Lutheran Service Book #864)
Author (attributed to): Clement of Alexandria, c. 170-c.220
Translator: Henry M. Dexter, 1821-90
Scripture: Isaiah 40:11; John 10:11
Tune Name: ITALIAN HYMN
Composer: Felice de Giardini, 1716-96

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