1 Only ninety and nine of the flock were there,
When the sheep gathered in the fold;
And the Shepherd’s heart was touched with despair
For the missing one out in the cold.
Oh, He surely missed me when I went astray!
With a yearning love He followed day by day;
For His Shepherd heart was kind,
And He would the lost one find,
So He sought me, when I wandered far away.
2 ‘Twas at sacrifice and at untold cost,
O’er a bleak and a lonesome way;
Jesus traveled for the one that was lost,—
For the one whose feet had gone astray. [Refrain]
3 For that one He sought—I had strayed from Him—
And He often was wounded sore,
For the storm was wild, the light it was dim,
As He followed, calling o’er and o’er. [Refrain]
4 When He reached my side in the dark and cold,
By His love all my wounds were bound;
And with joy He bore me back to the fold,
While the angels sang “The lost is found!” [Refrain]
Carrie Ellis Breck was born 22 January 1855 in Vermont and raised in a Christian home. She later moved to Vineland, New Jersy, and then to Portland, Oregon. She wrote verse and prose for religious and household publications, In 1884 she married Frank A. Breck. She has written between fourteen and fifteen hundred hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)
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