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Lo Gentle Father

Helen Ezell

Key:
Db
Vocal Range:
High
Pitch Range:
Db4 - F5
Digital Sheet Music PDF
$6.95
Key:
Bb Major
Vocal Range:
Low
Pitch Range:
Bb4 - D5
Digital Sheet Music PDF
$6.95
Composer:
Helen Ezell
Lyricist:
Harol Vinal
Publisher:
SLVivace
Instrumentation:
Keyboard/Vocal
Keys:
Bb Major
,
Check
,
Db
Vocal Ranges:
Check
,
High
,
Low
Vocal Pitch Ranges:
Bb4 - D5
,
Check
,
Db4 - F5
MP3 Duration:
03:34

Traditional music. Fairly easy. Effective alternation of major and minor in a paraphrase of the parable of the Ninety and Nine. Hauntingly beautiful opening and closing; a joyful middle section. Words by Harol Vinal from the Christian Science Sentinel. For Keyboard/Vocal. Music: Helen Ingle Ezell. ©2008 SLVivace. High in Db (Range Db4-F5).

Lyrics

Lo, Gentle Father
Words: Harold Vinal
Music: Helen Ingle Ezell

Who was the sheep that wandered wild
In woodlands, dubious and cold,
Who left the meadows, green and mild, who left the starry fold,
To wander ‘neath an alien sky?
Lo, gentle Father, Lo, gentle Father, gentle Father, it was I.

The kindly shepherd left His flock, the ninety and nine,
To gather me back to graze by field and rock,
Led me through foulest weather,
So that I did not fall or die.
Lo, gentle Father, it was I.

I, the redeemed, the lost, the found,
He called me by my rightful name,
And so I walked upon good ground,
Who was the wayward and I came,
The arrogant, the proud, the vain,
Into the waiting fold again.

Who was the sheep that wandered wild
In woodlands, dubious and cold,
Who left the meadows green and mild, Who left the starry fold,
To wander ‘neath an alien sky?
Lo, gentle Father, Lo, gentle Father, gentle Father, it was I.

Words: Christian Science Sentinel (1948). Used by permission.
Music: © 2008 SLVivace

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