'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 none in the fold. Out on the hillside, out in the cold, "Twas a sheep the good shepherd sought, And back to the flock safe in the fold "Twas a sheep the good shepherd brought. And why for the sheep should we earnestly long, And a earnestly hope and pray, Because there is danger, if they go 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.