Shepherd of tender youth/Guiding in love and truth/Through devious ways/Christ, our triumphant King/We come Thy name to sing/Hither our children bring/To shout Thy praise.

So now, and till we die/Sound we Thy praises high/And joyful sing/Infants and the glad throng/Who to Thy church belong/Unite to swell the song/To Christ, our King.

This is said to be the oldest Christian hymn to have an author’s name attached to it.  It is attributed to Clement of Alexandria (150-215).

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