Scripture Verse

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee. Luke 15:18

Introduction

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James F. Clarke
(1810–1888)

Words: James F. Clarke, Hymn Book for the Church of the Dis­ci­ples 1844.

Music: Pley­el’s Hymn Ig­naz J. Pley­el, 1791 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ignaz J. Pleyel
(1757–1831)

Lyrics

Brother, hast thou wandered far
From thy Father’s happy home,
With thyself and God at war?
Turn thee, brother; homeward come.

Hast thou wasted all the powers
God for noble uses gave?
Squandered life’s most golden hours?
Turn thee, brother; God can save!

Is a mighty famine now
In thy heart and in thy soul?
Discontent upon thy brow?
Turn thee; God will make thee whole.

He can heal thy bitterest wound,
He thy gentlest prayer can hear;
Seek Him, for He may be found;
Call upon Him; He is near.