Hymn History ~ Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us

The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant…..” Hebrews 13:20

“I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd will give His life for His sheep…..I am the good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep.” John 10:11, 14 & 15

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Written by : Dorothy A Thrupp

Composer: William Bradbury

Tune: Bradbury

Saviour, like a shepherd lead us,
Much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
For our use Thy folds prepare:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine; do Thou befriend us,
Be the Guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,
Seek us when we go astray:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
Poor and sinful tho’ we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
Grace to cleanse, and pow’r to free:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Early let us turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor;
Early let us do Thy will;
Blessed Lord and only Saviour,
With Thy love our bosoms fill:
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still;
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus,
Thou hast loved us, love us still.”

Dorothy Thrupp — the Writer….

Not much is known about the writer of this song, nor the song itself. Born in London, England, June 10, 1779, Dorothy Thrupp was the daughter of Joseph Thrupp. She rarely signed the hymns she wrote, ‘Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Us’ is one of the few that she did. This hymn was first published in 1836, in a book called, ‘Hymns for the Young’, a book she edited. She died in London, on December 14 or 15 — the exact date isn’t known — in 1847.

William Batchelder Bradbury — the Composer…..

William Batchelder Bradbury was born October 6, 1816, in York, Maine. His father was the leader of the church choir. When he was young the Bradbury family moved to Boston, where William met Mason Lowell. Mr. Lowell taught William Bradbury the art of playing the organ. By 1834, when he was eighteen years old, William Bradbury became a well known organist. By 1840 he began teaching the organ in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1847, at the age of thirty one, Mr. Bradbury moved to Germany to study harmony, composition, and vocal and instrumental music with the best instructors. In 1854 William Bradbury and his brother, Edward G. Bradbury, opened the Bradbury piano company. In 1862, in the midst of the War Between the States, William Bradbury came across the poem, ‘Jesus Loves Me’. He added a chorus and composed the music, bringing to life perhaps the best known children’s hymn.

William Bradbury died January 7, 1868, at the age of fifty two, form tuberculosis. He is buried in the Bloomenfield cemetery, in Bloomenfield, New Jersey. He left us with several well known hymn tunes, many of which we still sing today.


I liked these thoughts I found on the thought of Jesus being the Good Shepherd…however, because I found them several years ago, and wrote them down, I have no idea where I originally found them.

“The Shepherd loves His sheep. We in return love the Good Shepherd and know we are safe within His reach. If we stray, He will find us. If we are weary, He will carry us. If we are hungry, He will feed us. If we are frightened, He will comfort us. If we are attacked, He will defend us. We are safe with Him.”

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