The lost sheep

How many sheep are straying

Author: Ellen M. H. Gates
Published in 13 hymnals

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1 How many sheep are straying,
Lost from the Savior’s fold!
Upon those lonely mountains
They shiver in the cold;
Within the tangled thicket,
Where poison vines do creep,
And over rocky ledges,
Wander the poor lost sheep.

2 Oh, who will go to find them,
Who, for the Savior’s sake,
Will search with tireless patience,
Thro’ brier and thro’ brake?
Unheeding thirst and hunger,
Who still from day to day,
Will seek as for a treasure,
The sheep that go astray?

3 Oh, who will seek to find them,
From pleasant bow’rs of ease?
Will you go forth determined
To find the least of these?
For still the Savior calls them,
And looks across the wold,
And still He holds wide open
The door into His fold.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10128

Author: Ellen M. H. Gates

Gates, Ellen, née Huntingdon, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is the author of several popular pieces in the American Mission and Sunday School hymn-books. Of these the following have passed from the American books into Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos:— 1. Come home, come home, you are weary at heart. Invitation. 2. I am now a child of God. Saved through Jesus. 3. I will sing you a song of that beautiful land. Concerning Heaven. 4. O the clanging bells of time. Yearning for Heaven. 5. Say, is your lamp burning, my brother. Watching and Waiting. Concerning her poem which is used as a hymn in America, "If you cannot on the ocean" (Duty), Duffield says her account of its origin is as follows:—"The lines were written upo… Go to person page >

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First Line: How many sheep are straying
Title: The lost sheep
Author: Ellen M. H. Gates
Refrain First Line: O, come, let us go and find them



The Cyber Hymnal #10128
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