Why stand ye here all the day idle?@Matthew 20:6
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John M. Bowman (1859-1944)

John M. Bowman, in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers, by Anthony J. Showalter (Dalton, Georgia: A. J. Showalter, 1904), number 175.

I. T. Davis (🔊 pdf nwc).

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I. T. Davis (1874-?)

Far, far away from the Shepherd’s care,
Out on the mountains cold and bare,
There one had strayed from the sheltering fold,
And wandered far from the gates of gold.

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There many lay in the Shepherd’s fold,
While one was far from the gates of gold;
Out on the desert, through sin’s dark night,
Wandered afar till the morning light.

The Shepherd said, Though the way is steep,
I go to rescue My lost sheep
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Out on the desert far away,
He hastens while ’tis yet today.

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The Shepherd found the lamb once lost,
That o’er the barren hills had crossed;
He took it in His tender arms,
And sheltered it from desert storms.

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A sinner out in the desert cold,
Was wandering far from the Shepherd’s fold;
Through chilling winds of sin’s long night,
Redeemed at last by Gospel light.

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