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


Words: Ma­bel C. Frost, in Gos­pel Hymns No. 4, by Ira San­key et al. (New York: John Church and Big­low & Main, 1881), num­ber 8.

Music: Ira D. San­key (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Frost (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Ira D. Sankey (1840–1908)


O soul in the far away coun­try,
Aweary, and fa­mished, and sad,
There’s rest in the home of the Fa­ther,
His wel­come will make thy heart glad.


Come, come, pro­di­gal, come,
And wan­der no long­er afar from home;
Come, come, pro­di­gal, come,
A wel­come awaits in thy Fa­ther’s home.

Arise! and come back to thy Fa­ther,
He’ll meet thee while yet on the way;
Assured of His ten­der com­pas­sion,
O why wilt thou long­er de­lay?


Although thou hast sinned against Hea­ven,
And weak and un­wor­thy may be;
He of­fers thee full res­to­ra­tion,
And par­don abun­dant and free.