Up The Mountain Steep And Rugged


Up the mountain steep and rugged,
Hungry and cold,
Lo, a sheep of mine has wander’d,
Far from the fold;
In the storm it’s somewhere lying,
Pierced by the blast,
On the barren mountain dying,
Life ebbing fast.

Refrain:
I’m seeking for my lost one,
My loved one, my lost one;
I’m seeking for my lost one,
I’m seeking to save.
I’m seeking for my lost one,
My loved one, my lost one;
I’m seeking for my lost one,
I’m seeking to save.

Nine and ninety safely sheltered
Need not my care,
I am seeking for the straying,
Lost in despair;
Thro’ the night-winds wildly blowing
Onward I press,
Till I find my sheep that wandered,
Soothe its distress. [Refrain]

Thus the Saviour as a shepherd
Seeketh the lost;
Mountains steep and waters turbid,
All must be crossed,
Ere he found his sheep that wandered
Out in the cold,
Ere his loving arms could bear it
Back to the fold. [Refrain]

We like wand’ring sheep, O Father,
Have gone astray,
From thy loving care we’ve wandered
Far, far away;
Even now we hear thee calling,
“My life I gave,”
Ever on our ears ’tis falling,
Seeking to save. [Refrain]