The Sheep of the Fold or the Echo

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The Sheep of the Fold

T'was a sheep, not a lamb, that wandered away 
In the parable Jesus told— 
A grown-up sheep that had gone astray 
From the ninety and nine in the fold.

Out in the wilderness, out in the cold 
T'was a sheep the good shepherd sought; 
And back to the flock, safe in the fold, 
T'was a sheep the good shepherd brought.

And why for the sheep should we earnestly long 
And as earnestly hope and pray? 
Because there is danger, if they go wrong, 
They will lead the young lambs away.

For the lambs will follow the sheep, you know, 
Wherever the sheep may stray. 
If 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!

(C. D. Meigs)

(Quoted by Patricia Pinegar, BYU Family Expo, April 6, 1999)  (link to her address)

This poem was also quoted at the BYU Women's Conference, April 2000, but was attributed to C.C. Miller and entitled "The Echo".

Also, this poem (it varies a little) was used by Elder Ben Banks in Oct. 1999 Gen. Conference with the reference below:

The Echo

Twas a sheep not a lamb that strayed away 
In the parable Jesus told, 
A grown-up sheep that strayed away 
From the ninety and nine in the fold.

And why for the sheep should we seek 
And earnestly hope and pray? 
Because there is danger when sheep go wrong; 
They lead the lambs astray.

Lambs will follow the sheep, you know, 
Wherever the sheep may stray. 
When sheep go wrong, it won't take long 
Til the lambs are as wrong as they.

And so with the sheep we earnestly plead 
For the sake of the lambs today, 
For when sheep are lost, what a terrible cost 
The lambs will have to pay! 

("The Echo," C. C. Miller, quoted in Hugh B. Brown, The Abundant Life [1965], 166­67)