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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
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Loving Shepherd of thy sheep,
Keep thy lamb, in safety keep;
Nothing can thy power withstand,
None can pluck me from thy hand.
Loving Saviour, thou didst give
Thine own life that we might live;
And the hands outstretched to bless
Bear the cruel nails’ impress.
I would praise thee every day,
Gladly all thy will obey,
Like thy blessèd ones above
Happy in thy precious love.
Loving Shepherd, ever near,
Teach thy lamb thy voice to hear;
Suffer not my steps to stray
From the straight and narrow way.
Where thou leadest I would go,
Walking in thy steps below;
Till before my Father’s throne
I shall know as I am known.
Jane Elizabeth Leeson (1809-1881)
This hymn, especially to this tune, has become something of an archetype of the kind of children’s hymn that came into being in the early years of the 19th century and lasted almost unchallenged until the second half of the 20th. It is true that it is very simply expressed, until the final line with its quite difficult concept. There hovers about it however the adult’s idea of what a child thinks. (What child calls itself ‘a lamb’? ) It was originally four lines longer and the omitted part gives the game away, with its prayer to be,
Holy, harmless, humble, mild,
Jesus Christ’s obedient child.
The exhausted parent cries ‘If only …!’
Little is known of the life of Jane Eliza Leeson, who was a member of the Catholic Apostolic Church. She published a great deal for children, both hymns and devotional writings. This appeared in her Hymns and Scenes of Childhood in 1842.
L G Hayne was a learned and distinguished musician, but is now known only for a small number of very simple tunes. He was co-editor of a hymn book for the church of St John the Baptist, Oxford in which this tune appeared. ‘Buckland’ is the name of a village near Oxford.