There were ninety and nine that safely lay

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
  In the shelter of the flock,
But one was out on the hills away,
  Far off in the cold and dark;
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
“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.”
But none of the ransomed ever knew
  How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night which the Lord passed through
  Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the bleak desert He heard its cry—
All bleeding and helpless, and ready to die.
“Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way
  That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
  Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
“They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”
And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
  And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a cry to the gate of heaven,
  “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”
(Repeat the last line of each stanza)

A classic much used and much blessed under the labor of D. L. Moody


Southington, CT, United States

What a beautiful picture in song of our loving Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ!


SI, New York, United States

Wow! God is always good. CHRIST died for everyone and ANYONE. GOD IS LOVE.

Ashley Hardingham

Altrincham, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Only loosely based on Luke 15. Read it and find where the shepherd left the 99!

Stanley Simpson

Clarence Creek, ON, Canada

I am sure the author had Luke 15 in mind when he penned this song, it brings me to tears whenever I think about it.

Carol Hammond

Vernon, United States

This is such a powerful and yet tender hymn. I'm sad it isn't in our hymnals. The story behind the hymn, and the music to which the words were set are so interesting.

Lynn Perkins

Austin, TX, United States

Thank you for this wonderful hymn. It further demonstrates just how diligent our Lord is in making sure all of his sheep are accounted for.

W E Carthy

Bromley, Kent, United Kingdom

Beautiful and touching song.


Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Am a lover of hymn and I love this one.... please can somebody redirect me to where I can download hymns?


Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

I love and very much cherish this hymn. Not only is it inspiring and full of insight. It shows us the compassion of our Lord Jesus and the price Christians are to pay in carrying out meaningful soul winning after the pattern set by our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Aizawl, Mizoram, India

He not only found the lost sheep, never abandon me, showering all the good things everyday. He is really the TRUE Shepherd.