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Because He Loved His Own

The "Good Shepherd" sought for one lost sheep

Author: Civilla D. Martin
Tune: [The "Good Shepherd" sought for one lost sheep]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The "Good Shepherd" sought for one lost sheep,
A way on the mountain height;
With bleeding hands and wounded feet,
He traveled day and night;
At last He gave His precious life--
He for the wand'rer died!

It was because He loved His own,
The Shepherd was crucified;
It was because He loved His own,
The Shepherd was crucified.

2 The "Great Shepherd" lives, He conquered death!
All power is His today'
He lives eternally to save
The sheep that went astray;
For they shall never know a want,
They shall be well supplied. [Refrain]

3 The "Chief Shepherd" soon will come again,
To gather His loved ones home;
From ev'ry nation on the earth
A multitude shall come.
The songs of praises to be heard
Will be of Him who died. [Refrain]

Coronation Hymns, 1910

Author: Civilla D. Martin

Martin, Civilla Durfee (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia, August 21, 1866--March 9, 1948, Atlanta, Georgia). Daughter of James N. and Irene (Harding) Holden. She married Rev. John F. Geddes, Congregational minister of Coventryvilee, N.Y. at Jordan Falls Methodist Church, Shelbourne Co., Nova Scotia, on May 19, 1891. There is thus far no information about their marriage and its end. After several years of teaching school, she married Walter Stillman Martin, a Baptist minister, and traveled with him in evangelistic work. However, because of frail health, she was compelled to remain home much of the time. In 1916, they became members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They had one son, A.G. Martin. In her writing, she used only her initia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The "Good Shepherd" sought for one lost sheep
Title: Because He Loved His Own
Author: Civilla D. Martin
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It was because He loved His own



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