I Was Wandering And Weary

This is the full, original text from an 1852 edition of Fr. Faber’s hymnal Jesus and Mary. It is listed under the title “The True Shepherd. For the Ragged School.” in that hymnal:

I was wandering and weary,
When my Saviour came unto me;
For the ways of sin grew dreary,
And the world had ceased to woo me:
And I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

At first I would not hearken,
And put off till the morrow;
But life began to darken,
And I was sick with sorrow;
And I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

At last I stopped to listen,
His voice could not deceive me;
I saw His kind eyes glisten,
So anxious to relieve me:
And I thought I heard Him say,
As He came along His way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

He took me on His Shoulder,
And tenderly He kissed me;
He bade my love be bolder,
And said how He had missed me;
And I’m sure I heard Him say,
As He went along his way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

Strange gladness seemed to move Him,
Whenever I did better;
And He coaxed me so to love Him,
As if He was my debtor;
And I always heard Him say,
As He went along His way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

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 through me;
And I ever hear Him say,
As He goes along His way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

Let us do then, dearest Brothers!
What will best and longest please us;
Follow not the ways of others,
But trust ourselves to Jesus;
We shall ever hear Him say,
As He goes along his way,
O silly Souls! come near Me;
My sheep should never fear Me;
I am the Shepherd true!

Words: Fr. Frederick William Faber, C.O., 1849.
Tune: No tunes seem to exist in this meter.
Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7.7.7.6

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musings of a young Catholic aspiring to be faithful to his Lord and God Jesus Christ through His Holy Catholic Church
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