Song: Prodigal's Return, The in Gospel Hymns No. 5

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Copyright 1887, by Ira D. Sankey

Published in Gospel Hymns No. 5 (Copyright 1890, by The Biglow & Main Co. and The John Church Co.)

Newton, John

Page 62
Format: Mixed words and music
Designation: 60
Verses: 6 verses

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Prodigal's Return, The, #60


Verse 1
Afflictions, tho’ they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent;
They stopp’d the prodigal’s career,
And caused him to repent.

“I’ll not die here for bread, I’ll not die here for bread,” he cries;
“Nor starve in foreign lands;
My father’s house has large supplies,
And bounteous are his hands.”

Verse 2
“What have I gained by sin,” he said,
“But hunger, shame, and fear?
My father’s house abounds in bread,
While I am starving here!

Verse 3
“I’ll go and tell him all I’ve done,
Fall down before his face;
Unworthy to be called his son,
I’ll seek a servant’s place.”

Verse 4
His father saw him coming back;
He saw, he ran, he smiled,
And threw his arms around the neck
Of his rebellious child!

Verse 5
“O father, I have sinned – forgive!”
“Enough,” the father said;
“Rejoice, my house; my son’s alive
For whom I mourned as dead!”

Verse 6
’Tis thus the Lord His love reveals,
To call poor sinners home;
More than a father’s love He feels,
And welcomes all that come.