Heavenly Shepherd, Thee we pray

Heavenly Shepherd, thee we pray

Author: C. G. Woodhouse (1881); Author: Godfrey Thring (1881)
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 Heavenly Shepherd, Thee we pray,
For Thy servant here to-day:
By the cross upon his brow,
By his ordination vow,
By the prayers which we have prayed
For the Holy Spirit's aid,
By the deep and fervent love
Owing to his Lord above,
Heavenly Shepherd, Thee we pray,
For Thy servant here to-day:
Grant him faithful watch to keep,
Tend Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.

2 From the silent power of sin
Lurking secretly within,
May the grace that flows from Thee,
Heavenly Shepherd, set him free;
By the blessing on him breathed,
By the charge on him bequeathed,
Thou the Way, the Truth, the Life,
Gird him for the sacred strife,
Aye his faithful watch to keep,
Tend Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.

3 Speed him on his life-long way,
Speed him whom we speed to-day;
Thou, the gracious, loving Lord,
Give him souls for his reward:
Till he win the promised crown,
When he lays his burden down
Humbly at his Saviour's feet,
Low before the mercy-seat:
Give him, Lord, Thy grace to keep,
Tend Thy lambs, and feed Thy sheep.

4 To the blessèd Trinity
Now let praise and glory be,
In Whose Name we meet to-day
For our guidance, as we pray
That we may, in all we do,
Pastor, and his flock, be true;
True to man in heavenly love,
True to Thee, our God, above,
Till we, sheep and shepherd, meet,
Ransomed at Thy judgment seat.

Amen.

The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

Author: C. G. Woodhouse

Woodhouse, Charles Goddard, B.A., son of George Windus Woodhouse, born Aug. 16, 1835, and educated at Albrighton and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1860. He was for some time Vicar of Minsterley, Diocese of Hereford. He died Aug. 20th, 1876. He was the author of a very tender hymn for "Institution to a Parish," beginning "By the Cross upon thy brow," and consisting of 3 stanzas of 8 lines. It was printed on a fly-leaf. In 1881, Prebendary G. Thring recast the hymn, added a doxology, and gave it as “Heavenly Shepherd, Thee we pray," in his Church of England Hymn Book, 1882. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Author: Godfrey Thring

Thring, Godfrey, B.A., son of the Rev. J. G. D. Thring, of Alford, Somerset, was born at Alford, March 25, 1823, and educated at Shrewsbury School, and at Balliol College, Oxford, B.A. in 1845. On taking Holy Orders he was curate of Stratfield-Turgis, 1846-50; of Strathfieldsaye, 1850-53; and of other parishes to 1858, when he became rector of Alford-with-Hornblotton, Somerset. R.D. 1867-76. In 1876 he was preferred as prebend of East Harptree in Wells cathedral. Prebendary Thring's poetical works are:— Hymns Congregational and Others, 1866; Hymns and Verses, 1866; and Hymns and Sacred Lyrics, 1874. In 1880 he published A Church of England Hymnbook Adapted to the Daily Services of the Church throughout the Year; and in 1882, a revised and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Heavenly Shepherd, thee we pray
Title: Heavenly Shepherd, Thee we pray
Author: C. G. Woodhouse (1881)
Author: Godfrey Thring (1881)
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7 D
Language: English

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Book of Common Praise #d195
Gloria in Excelsis #d247
Gloria in Excelsis #d151
Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #267Page Scan
Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book: with accompanying tunes #267Page Scan
The Book of Common Praise #d202
The Church Hymnal: revised and enlarged in accordance with the action of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892. (Ed. B) #290TextPage Scan
The Church Hymnal: revised and enlarged in accordance with the action of the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892... #290Page Scan
The Hymnal and Order of Service #287Text
The Hymnal and Order of Service #287Text
The Hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod. Text ed. #d182
The Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892 #290TextPage Scan
The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the of our Lord 1892..with music, as used in Trinity Church #290Page Scan



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