• “There may be love, understanding love, all around us, and yet we may be needing some word of life in our own soul, something that would do what only the Divine can do. “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” – Amy Carmichael

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me by Mary Lundie Duncan

1 Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb to-night:
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.

2 All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast warmed me, clothed and fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer!

3 Let my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well:
Take us all at last to heaven,
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

This beautiful little hymn was composed for her children in 1839, and first published in 3 stanzas of 4 lines in herMemoir, 1841 (edition 1843, p. 311). It is No. 3 in her Rhymes for my Children, 1842, entitled “An Evening Prayer.” It has been included in England in the BaptistPsalms & Hymns, 1858, the Hymnal Companion, 1876, and others; in America, in the Episcopal Hymn Book, 1871, the Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880, theSongs of Christian Praise, N. Y., 1881, and in other collections. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

–John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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3 Responses to Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me by Mary Lundie Duncan

  • Jane buston karseras says:

    I've said this prayer ever since I can remember... a wonderful and comforting picture will always be there for me of my mom at my side on my bed and me repeating each phrase.

    • Michelle says:

      My mom would teach us this prayer and I didn't realize it was Mary Duncan's poem. There were a few words exchanges but it's pretty much the same. I told my mom it was a poem. She didn't know that. She's 87 this year. My mom is now quizzing me if I still remember it.

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks for sharing jane. :) it is a sweet prayer. Bless you sister

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