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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

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

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Gospel Tent Hymns #d3

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Melodious Sonnets #55

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Praise Hymns and Full Salvation Songs #70

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Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2) #33

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Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s76

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Temple Trio #237

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The Emory Hymnal #176

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