The Shepherd

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


A bright idyllic pastoral vision, but with perhaps more obvious allusion to the figure of Christ the Shepherd. In the poem, the Shepherd watch over his flock, so that they are at peace. It is the Shepherd who follows them, and is full of praise for their innocence and trust: the sense is one of mutual trust and responsiveness, rather than docile obedience.


How sweet is the Shepherd's sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lamb's innocent call,
And he hears the ewe's tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their Shepherd is nigh.


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