Colloquy between the Good Shepherd and the Sinner
Luke xv. 4, 5: “What man is there of you that hath an hundred sheep, and if he shall lose one of them,
doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which is lost until he find it?
and when he hath found it, lay it upon his shoulders rejoicing.”
1. The Good Shepherd
Return to God, poor sinner, it is meet–
Delay no more to bend thy rebel knee.
His holy law thou’st broken; I entreat,
Return to Him, who seeketh after thee.
2. The Sinner
Behold, O Lord! this lost and straying sheep
Whom Thou didst deign to seek for, Oh! how long!
Aroused at last from its long deadly sleep,
Guilty, confused, this heart repents its wrong.
3. The Good Shepherd
To call thee back, My voice has long resounded,
I’ve followed thee with blessings far and near,
Wounding thy God’s–a Father’s heart thou’st wounded,
Ungrateful still wilt thou refuse to hear?
4. The Sinner
Ah! dearest Lord! I sought, but sought in vain
A spot where I might lose the dread of Thee,
Wand’ring and lost, how could I know but pain,
Estranged from Thee–and Thou estranged from me?
5. The Good Shepherd
Now grief, now joy; now terror and remorse,
In tender love I sent thee o’er and o’er.
With grace I tried to stay thy head-long course,
My grace was spurned–but still I offer more.
6. The Sinner
My Lord! I do repent me sore and sadly,
Yea, Father! tho’ I’ve sinned ‘gainst Thee and heaven,
Forgive, gorget the course I’ve run so madely,
And breathe the blest, the sweet word–thou’rt forgiven.
7. The Good Shepherd
Repentant child, thy heart is all I seek,
And when thy heart is given all to Me,
My mercy takes thy service, rendered meed,
And rains down grace and love unceasingly.
8. The Sinner
My God! how good Thou art to all of those,
Who with sincere repentance Thee implore;
With grief and love my swelling heart o’erflows,
Oh, give me grace to love Thee evermore.