The Shepherd true

I was wandering, sad and weary

Author: Frederick William Faber
Published in 33 hymnals

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1 I was wand’ring, sad and weary,
When the Saviour came unto me;
For the paths of sin were dreary,
And the world had ceased to woo me;
And I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,—

Wand’ring souls, O do come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true,
I am the Shepherd true.

2 At first I would not hearken,
But put off till the morrow,
Till life began to darken,
And I grew sick with sorrow;
Then I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,— [Refrain]

3 At last I stopped to listen—
His voice could ne’er deceive me—
I saw His kind eye glisten,
So anxious to relieve me;
Then I knew I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,— [Refrain]

4 I thought His love would weaken
As more and more He knew me,
But it burneth like a beacon,
And its light and heat go thro’ me;
And I ever hear Him say,
As He goes along His way,— [Refrain]

Source: Sacred Songs No. 1: compiled and arranged for use in gospel meetings, Sunday schools, prayer meetings and other religious services #49

Author: Frederick William Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >


I was wandering and weary. F. W. Faber. [The Lost Sheep.] First published in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 7 stanzas of 9 lines, and entitled, “The True Shepherd. For the Ragged School." Also found in his Hymns, 1862. It is a hymn of great beauty and pathos, admirably suited for private use, but from its peculiar quaintness cannot be popular with the general public. It is sometimes given as, "I was weary and wandering," to the manifest injury of the hymn. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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