‘Twas a sheep not a lamb that strayed away in the parable Jesus told.
A grown-up sheep that had gone astray from the ninety and nine in the fold.
Out on the hillside, out in the cold, it was a sheep the good shepherd sought;
And back to the fold, safe to the fold, it was a sheep the good shepherd brought.
And why for the sheep should we earnestly long and as earnestly hope and pray?
Because there is danger if they go wrong that they will lead the lambs astray.
For the lambs will follow the sheep, you know, wherever the sheep may stray.
When the sheep go wrong it will not be long till the lambs are as wrong as they.
And so with the sheep we earnestly plead for the sake of the lambs, today;
If the lambs are lost what a terrible cost some sheep will have to pay.