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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Lost but Found
 
Horatius Bonar (1808–89)
 
 
  I WAS a wandering sheep,
  I did not love the fold;
I did not love my Shepherd’s voice,
  I would not be controll’d.
  I was a wayward child,        5
  I did not love my home,
I did not love my Father’s voice,
  I lov’d afar to roam.
 
  The Shepherd sought his sheep;
  The Father sought his child;        10
They follow’d me o’er vale and hill,
  O’er deserts waste and wild.
  They found me nigh to death,
  Famish’d, and faint, and lone;
They bound me with the bands of love;        15
  They sav’d the wandering one.
 
  They spoke in tender love,
  They rais’d my drooping head;
They gently clos’d my bleeding wounds,
  My fainting soul they fed.        20
  They wash’d my filth away,
  They made me clean and fair;
They brought me to my home in peace,
  The long-sought wanderer.
 
  Jesus my Shepherd is,        25
  ’T was he that lov’d my soul;
’T was he that wash’d me in his blood,
  ’T was he that made me whole;
  ’T was he that sought the lost,
  That found the wandering sheep;        30
’T was he that brought me to the fold,
  ’T is he that still doth keep.
 
  I was a wandering sheep,
  I would not be controll’d;
But now I love my Shepherd’s voice,        35
  I love, I love the fold.
  I was a wayward child,
  I once preferr’d to roam;
But now I love my Father’s voice,
  I love, I love his home.        40
 

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