1 Lord! we have wander'd from thy way,
Like foolish sheep have gone astray;
Our pleasant pastures we have left,
And of their guard our souls bereft.
2 Expos'd to want, expos'd to harm,
Far from our gentle Shepherds's arm;
Nor will these fatal wand'rings cease,
Till thou reveal the paths of peace.
3 O seek thy thoughtless servants, Lord!
Nor let us quite forget thy word.
Our erring souls do thou restore,
And keep us, that we stray no more.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #251
Lord, we have wandered from Thy way. P. Doddridge. [The Lost Sheep.] This hymn in the D. MSS., No. 62, is undated, but immediately precedes one written on April 10, 1735, and may be dated circa 1735. It was included in Job Orion's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 65, in 3 stanzas of 3 lines, and again in J. D. Humphreys's ed. of the same, 1839, No. 79. In each case the original title, "The wandering Sheep recovered. Psalms cxix. 176” is retained.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)