Scripture Verse

What man…having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? Luke 15:4–7


Words: Will­iam G. Schell, in Songs of the Ev­en­ing Light, by Bar­ney War­ren & An­drew L. By­ers (An­der­son, In­di­ana: Gos­pel Trum­pet Com­pa­ny, 1897), num­ber 49.

Music: Mon­te­ne­gro Bar­ney E. War­ren (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William G. Schell (1869–1940)


Christ the Shepherd
Bernhard Plockhorst (1825–1907)
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The nine­ty-nine within the fold,
Are safe from fears and storms of night,
But one is on the mount­ains cold,
’Twill per­ish there—how sad the sight!


Go search it out, and bring it home,
No more in dark­ness let it roam;
You’ll find it there in dread­ful plight,
Oh! go and bring it back to­night.

The nine­ty-nine are safe to­day,
They’re all at home, so ful­ly blest,
But one is wan­der­ing far away
Upon the mount­ain’s snowy crest.


The nine­ty-nine with care are fed,
And rest with­in the shep­herd’s fold;
But one is starv­ing, near­ly dead,
Upon the mount­ains bare and cold.


The shep­herd dear aloud doth weep,
Because one lamb afar doth roam;
The nine­ty-nine he’ll safe­ly keep—
We’ll seek that lamb and bring it home.