I met the good Shepherd (Joseph Barnby)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: I met the good Shepherd
Tune: The good Shepherd
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Edward Caswall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 225, p. 142


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Original text and translations

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1 I met the good Shepherd just now on the plain,
As homeward he carried His lost one again;
I marvelled how gently His burden he bore,
And as he passed by me I knelt to adore.

2 O Shepherd, good Shepherd, Thy wounds they are deep;
The wolves have sore hurt thee in saving thy sheep.
Thy raiment all over with crimson is dyed;
And what is this wound they have made in thy side?

3 O Shepherd, good Shepherd, and is it for me
This grievous affliction has fallen on thee?
Thy wounds make me love thee, my heart shall be thine;
With thee I will journey, my shepherd divine.