I was wandering and weary (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-22)  CPDL #52697:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-12-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: I was wandering and weary
Tune: The good Shepherd
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Frederick William Faber

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: Irregular meter

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 241, p. 158

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  I was wandering and weary,
When my Saviour came to me;
For the ways of since grew dreary,
And the world had ceased to woo me:
And I thought I heard Him say
As He came along his way:

R:  O wandering souls, come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me:
I am the Shepherd true.

2  At first I would not hearken,
But put off till the morrow,
Till life began to darken,
And I grew sick with sorrow;
Then I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way, R:

3  At last I stopped to listen,
His voice could ne’er deceive me;
I saw His kind eye glisten,
So anxious to relieve me;
Then I knew I heard Him say,
As He came along His way, R:

4  I thought His love would weaken
As more and more He knew me,
But it burneth like a beacon,
And its light and heat go thro’ me;
And I ever hear Him say,
As He goes along His way, R: