Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me.
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”
–Ira D. Sankey (August 28, 1840 – August 13, 1908, American gospel singer and composer, associated with evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Lyrics from a poem by Elizabeth C. Clephane. At the close of a meeting, Moody turned to Sankey and asked if he had a song to end the meeting. Sankey believed the Lord impressed him to take a newspaper clipping of the poem and composed the music as he sang the song. It was later published with no changes to the music)