Thomas Shepherd was the author of the original hymn that became the basis of Must Jesus bear the Cross Alone. While searching for information on Shepherd, I found the following hymn:
XXVI. Departure. L. M.
1. I had a Lord, but Ah, he’s gone,
And left my troubled Soul alone:
Him I pursue with begging Eyes;
Alas, he disregards my Cries.
2. I bid my Sighs my Griefs declare,
He counts my Sighs for empty Air;
So, like a wither’d Flower I mourn;
Nor can look up till he return.
3. O thou lov’d Object of my Soul,
Thou, my Physician, make me whole;
Those whom thy Absence makes to grieve,
Thy Presence only can relieve.
4. Sure Sin’s the Cause; but tho’ it be,
Thou pitiest Sinners -- pity me!
Lord, I have read thy Blood was spilt
To wash away the Sinner’s Guilt.
5. If every Sin was guilt of Blood,
And I mark’d out for Vengeance stood,
I’d run, and to the Saviour kneel;
The Saviour knows what Sinners feel!
6. My pitying Friends would yield Content
To me thus lost in Banishment;
None but my Lord can ease my Pain,
All other Helpers help in vain.