1 We all like sheep have gone astray,
We’ve turned us each to His own way;
In sinful thought and word and deed!
And on God’s Lamb our guilt was laid.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return unto the Lord,
And He will abundantly pardon;
Let him return unto the Lord,
And He will abundantly pardon.
2 O hear and heed the prophet’s cry,
“Ye sons of men, why will ye die?
Why do ye spend your strength for naught,
For bread which satisfieth not? [Refrain]
3 “Incline your ear and come to Me,
And take salvation’s waters free;
Here all your sins and sorrows cure,
IN David’s mercies sweet and sure.” [Refrain]
4 Proclaim this gospel grace to all,
The thoughtless throng in pleasure’s thrall;
The busy world, refined, or rude
And all the sin stained brotherhood. [Refrain]
John H. Sammis was born in Brooklyn. He moved to Logansport, Indiana when ye was 22, where he was converted to Christianity. He was active in the Y.M.C.A., serving as secretary for the Terre Haute Association and later becoming State Secretary. After this, he studied at Lane and McCormack seminaries and was ordained in the Presbyterian church at Glidden, Iowa. He also pastored churches in Indianapolis, Grand Haven, MI, Red Wing and St. Paul, Minn. In 1909 he became associated with the Los Angeles Bible Institute. He wrote more that 100 hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >
Display Title: The Promise of PardonFirst Line: We all like sheep have gone astray, We've turn'd us each to his own wayTune Title: [We all like sheep have gone astray, We've turn'd us each to his own way]Author: J. H. SammisDate: 1916
Display Title: The Promise of PardonFirst Line: We all like sheep have gone astrayTune Title: [We all like sheep have gone astray]Author: J. H. SammisScripture: Isaiah 55:7Date: 1918Subject: Invitation |