Alas alas a wayward sheep

Alas alas a wayward sheep

Author: Elwood H. Stokes
Tune: [Alas! alas! a wayward sheep]
Published in 7 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Alas! alas! a wayward sheep
Had wandered from the fold,
Far o’er the mountains rough and steep,
Where howling tempests rolled;
The Shepherd, with a burdened mind,
Went forth the missing one to find,
The missing one, far, far away,
The missing one to find.
Go, seek until ye find;
Go, seek until ye find;
The missing one must not be lost,—
Go seek until ye find.

2 He sought with many-a footstep store,
From early morn till night;
Thro’ rocky wastes, where torrents roar,—
App pathways but the right;
Then cried, with sad and burdened mind,
The missing I have failed to find,
The missing one, far, far away,
Alas! I’ve failed to find.
Go, seek until ye find;
Go, seek until ye find;
The missing one must not be lost,—
Go seek until ye find.

3 How long, O Lord, must I still go?
How long search for the sheep?
They’ve wandered far away, I know,—
Discouraged, lo, I weep:
How long thus go, with burdened mind?
“Go,” Jesus saith, “until ye find;”
The missing one must not be lost,—
Go, seek until ye find!
Go, seek until ye find;
Go, seek until ye find;
The missing one must not be lost,—
Go seek until ye find.

4 I’ve sought my friends for many-a day,
Have prayed for man-a year;
Yet, still they wander far away,
O’er mountains dark and drear;
How long thus seek with burdened mind?
“Seek,” Jesus saith, “until ye find;”
The missing one must not be lost,—
“Go, seek until ye find!”
Go, seek until ye find;
Go, seek until ye find;
The missing one must not be lost,—
Go seek until ye find.

5 Lord, at thy word I go again,
Believing I shall find:
I listened, and a low refrain
Came to me on the wind;
Led by the sadly joyful sound
I rushed, and, lo, the lost was found!
Joy! joy! O blessed joy divine!
The lost one I have found.
Joy! joy! the lost is found;
Joy! joy! the lost is found;
The missing one, no longer lost,
The missing one is found.

Source: Melodious Sonnets #55

Author: Elwood H. Stokes

He was president of the Ocean Grove Campmeeting Association. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Alas alas a wayward sheep
Author: Elwood H. Stokes
Refrain First Line: Go seek until ye find

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 7 of 7)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Gospel Tent Hymns #d3
Melodious Sonnets #55TextAudioPage Scan
Praise Hymns and Full Salvation Songs #70Page Scan
Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2) #33Page Scan
Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s76Page Scan
Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns" #237Page Scan
The Emory Hymnal: a collection of sacred hymns and music for use in public worship, Sunday-schools, social meetings and family worship #176Page Scan
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