Scripture Verse

I will arise and go to my father. Luke 15:18

Introduction

Words: Anon­y­mous, in One Hun­dred Se­lect Gos­pel Hymns, by Ira D. San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1883). The au­thor was said to have been a young Scot­tish la­dy.

Music: James Mc­Gra­na­han (🔊 pdf nwc).

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James McGranahan
(1840–1907)

Anecdote

A wild young sol­dier was in­duced to at­tend a Gos­pel meet­ing in Lon­don. As he en­tered, the con­gre­ga­tion was sing­ing, Are you com­ing Home to-night. The song made a deep im­pres­sion up­on him. He came back the next night, and he con­tin­ued to at­tend un­til he was saved. I had to come, he said; that hymn would not let me stay away. I could not sleep at night. All night long that ques­tion of the song, both in the words and the mu­sic, kept re­turn­ing to me, de­mand­ing an an­swer: Are you com­ing Home to-night?

Sankey, p. 114

Lyrics

Are you coming home, ye wand’rers,
Whom Jesus died to win,
All footsore, lame and weary,
Your garments stained with sin;
Will you seek the blood of Jesus
To wash your garments white;
Will you trust His precious promise,
Are you coming home tonight?

Refrain

Are you coming home tonight,
Are you coming home tonight,
Are you coming home to Jesus,
Out of darkness into light?
Are you coming home tonight,
Are you coming home tonight,
To your loving, heav’nly Father,
Are you coming home tonight?

Are you coming home, ye lost ones?
Behold your Lord doth wait;
Come, then no longer linger,
Come ere it be too late;
Will you come and let Him save you,
O trust His love and might;
Will you come while He is calling,
Are you coming home tonight?

Refrain

Are you coming home, ye guilty,
Who bear the load of sin;
Outside you’ve long been standing,
Come now and venture in;
Will you heed the Savior’s promise,
And dare to trust Him quite;
Come unto Me, saith Jesus,
Are you coming home tonight?

Refrain