Christ My Song - 1911
We'll sing of the Shepherd that died
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
We'll sing of the Shepherd that died.
"I lay down my life for the sheep." (John 10,15)
2. When the blood of a victim must flow,
the Shepherd, by kindness, was led
to stand between them and the foe,
and willingly died in their stead.
3. Our song then for ever shall be
of the Shepherd who gave himself thus;
no subject so glorious we see,
and none so affecting to us.
4. We'll sing of this subject alone,
no other our tongues shall employ;
but better his love will be known,
in yonder bright regions of joy.
5. 'Tis there that we hope we shall be,
among the redeemed to appear;
from sin and infirmity free,
we'll sing as we cannot do here.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 132.