Thou shepherd of Israel and mine (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-08-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

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Title: Thou shepherd of Israel and mine
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88. D (anapestic)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781 in Twelve hymns and a favourite lyric poem, Bath


Description: The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air.

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Original text and translations

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1.
Thou Shepherd of Israel, and mine,
The joy and desire of my heart,
For closer communion I pine,
I long to reside where thou art:
The pasture I languish to find
Where all, who their Shepherd obey,
Are fed, on thy bosom reclined,
And screened from the heat of the day.
 
2.
Ah! show me that happiest place,
The place of thy people's abode,
Where saints in an ecstasy gaze,
And hang on a crucified God;
Thy love for a sinner declare,
Thy passion and death on the tree:
My spirit to Calvary bear,
To suffer and triumph with thee.
 
3.
'Tis there, with the lambs of thy flock,
There only, I covet to rest,
To lie at the foot of the rock,
Or rise to be hid in thy breast;
'Tis there I would always abide,
And never a moment depart,
Concealed in the cleft of thy side,
Eternally held in thy heart.