Shepherd of tender youth
Shepherd of tender youth. Titus Flavius Clemens (Clement of Alexandria, ca. 150-ca. 215), translated by Henry Martyn Dexter* (1821-1890).
This hymn, entitled ‘Hymn of the Saviour Christ’, is one of the earliest (if not the earliest) Christian hymns. It was appended to Paedagogus (‘The Tutor’), a treatise by Clement, who taught philosophy and religion in the school at Alexandria. It was translated by Dexter during his time as a minister at Manchester, New Hampshire, and published in The Congregationalist (21 December 1849). According to Polack (1958, p. 450) it was written to be sung at a service in 1846 in which Dexter was preaching on the text from Deuteronomy 32: 7, ‘Remember the days of...
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