Once as the Friend of sinners dear,
A Man of sorrows sojourned here;
Eternal love ordained it so,
That through Samaria He must go.
There wandering from the fold of God
He saw the purchase of His blood,
And o’er this wretch to lust a slave,
Did sovereign grace her banner wave.
This object of eternal love,
Ordained to fill a throne above,
Shall in the gospel annals shine,
And prove election all divine.
Jesus, our Shepherd, God and King,
Thy guardian care and love we sing;
And hail that grace both rich and free,
That brings Thy wandering sheep to Thee.