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"Feed My Sheep"

From the March 1887 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This poem was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 397:21-398:20

Shepherd, show us how to go
O'er the hillside steep,
How to gather, how to sow,
How to feed Thy sheep;
We will listen for Thy voice,
Lest our footsteps stray,
We will follow and rejoice
All the rugged way.

Thou wilt bind the stubborn will,
Wound the callous breast,
Make self righteousness be still,
Break earth's stupid rest;
Strangers on a barren shore
Lab'ring long and lone—
We would enter by the door,
And Thou know'st Thine own;

So when day grows dark and cold
Tear or triumph harms,
Lead Thy lambkins to the fold,
Take us in Thine arms,
Feed the hungry, heal the heart,
Till the morning's beam;
White as wool, ere we depart—
Shepherd, wash us clean.

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