Text Based On Matthew Chapter 18 (KJV)
And if so be that he find it, verily I say
unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep,
than of the ninety and nine which went not
Words: Abigail B. Hyde: 1799-1872
Music: Henry P. Smith: 1825-1898
Maryton (L.M.) v4/Eb
Dear Saviour, if these lambs should stray,
IF THESE LAMBS SHOULD STRAY
From Thy secure enclosure’s bound,
And, lured by worldly joys away,
Among the thoughtless crowd be found,
Remember still that they art Thine,
That Thy dear Sacred Name they bear,
Think that the seal of love divine
The sign of covenant grace they wear.
In all their erring, sinful years,
Oh, let them ne’er forgotten be;
Remember all the prayers and tears
Which made them consecrate to Thee.
And when these lips no more can pray,
These eyes can weep for them no more,
Turn Thou their feet from folly’s way,
The wanderers to Thy fold restore.