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POOR LIL' BRACK SHEEP, by            
First Line: Poor lil' brack sheep dat stray'd away
Last Line: An' de lil' brack sheep -- is me!
Subject(s): Religion; Sheep; Theology


POOR LIL' BRACK SHEEP dat stray'd away,
Done los' in de win' and rain,
An' de Shepherd He say, "O hirelin',
Go fin' my sheep again."
An' de hirelin' frowns, "O Shepherd,
Dat sheep am brack an' bad."
But de Shepherd He smile like de lil' brack sheep
Is de onliest lamb he had,
Is de onliest lamb he had.

An' he say, "O hirelin', hasten!
For de win' an' de rain am col',
And dat lil' brack sheep am lonesome
Out dere so far from de fol'."
An' de hirelin' frown, "O Shepherd,
Dat sheep am ol' an' gray."
But de Shepherd He smile like de lil' brack sheep
Wuz fair as de break ob day,
Wuz fair as de break ob day.

An He say, "O hirelin', hasten!
Lo, here is de ninety an' nine,
But dere way off from de sheep fol'
Is dat lil' brack sheep ob mine."
An' de hirelin' frown, "O Shepherd,
De rest ob de sheep am here."
But de Shepherd He smile like de lil' brack sheep
He hol' it de mostes' dear,
He hol' it de mostes' dear.

An' de Shepherd go out in de darkness,
Where de night was col' an' bleak,
An' de lil brack sheep He fin' it,
An' lay it agains' His cheek.
An' de hirelin' frown, "O Shepherd,
Don't bring dat sheep to me."
But de Shepherd He smile, an' He hol' it close,
An' de lil' brack sheep -- is me!
An' de lil' brack sheep -- is me!





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