The Lord Our Saviour (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

We all like sheep have gone astray,
We wayward ones, darkened and small.
Our shepherd comes, as bright as day…

His brightness gives our dirt away –
Will he judge us as we fall?
We all like sheep have gone astray…

No, he comes – the prophets say –
To feed, to heal the wounds of all;
Our shepherd comes as bright as day.

Though decked in angels’ gold array,
See: he lies with lambs so small
(For all like sheep have gone astray),

A child, yet from ancient days,
Brings down kings. (Empires fall.)
Our shepherd comes as bright as day:

Shining light to seek and save,
Taking on the sins of all –
For all like sheep have gone astray;
Our shepherd’s here, as bright as day!

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