The Shepherd's Cry

Like sheep in the desert we’re straying

Author: William A. Ogden
Tune: [Like sheep in the desert we’re straying]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Like sheep in the desert we’re straying
O’er mountains wild and bare,
Away from the fold of the Shepherd,
And from His tender care.

Return, return, return!
O hear the Shepherd’s cry;
Return, return, return!
For why will ye die?

2 In tones that are gentle and pleading,
We hear Him kindly say,
“Come hither, my sheep that have wandered
From me so far away.” [Refrain]

3 Oh, heed the sweet voice of the Shepherd,
“Return ye to the fold,
Come dwell with my flock safely guarded
From danger, storm, and cold.” [Refrain]

Source: Northfield Hymnal: for use in evangelistic and church services, conventions, sunday schools, and all prayer and social meetings of the church and home #145

Author: William A. Ogden

William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio. Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio. When Ogden was six years old, his fam­i­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He began stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle la­ter, he could write a mel­o­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a chor­ist­er in his home church. At the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fant­ry. Duri­ng the war he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known throug­hout the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land. After the war, Og­den r… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Like sheep in the desert we’re straying
Title: The Shepherd's Cry
Author: William A. Ogden
Refrain First Line: Return, return, return, O hear the shepherd's cry
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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Gems of Song #228

Highest Praise #d92

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Northfield Hymnal #145

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