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Christ, Who once amongst us

Christ, Who once amongst us. William St Hill Bourne* (1846-1929) Written in 1868, before Bourne was ordained, this hymn was first published in the Second Edition of A&M (1875). It had five stanzas, meditating in simple terms on Christ as the Good Shepherd, as in the final stanza: Jesus, our good Shepherd   Laying down Thy life, Lest Thy sheep should perish   In the cruel strife, Help us to remember   All Thy love and care, Trust in Thee, and love Thee   Always, everywhere. In 1875 and in succeeding A&M books it was included in a section ‘For the Young’. It was given a tune by John Stainer*, PASTOR BONUS (‘Good Shepherd’). It remained in use until it was dropped by A&MNS in...

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