Scripture Verse

Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. Luke 15:22–24


Return of the Prodigal Son
Pompeo Batoni, 1773

Words: Chris­tian H. Bat­eman (1813–1889). Ap­peared in his Child­ren’s Hym­nal and Chris­tian Year (Lon­don: John Hodg­es, 1872), num­ber 45.

Music: Ban­gor Will­iam Tan­s’ur, 1734 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bate­man (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

William Tans’ur


Father and canst Thou me receive,
So deep by sin defiled?
And canst Thou let the rebel live
And own Thy wandering child?

All sin, all rags, just as I am,
My Father, will I come,
All over guilt, I blush with shame,
And yet through Christ I come.

Thy choicest robe shall deck me well
Thy smile, my spirit cheer,
Bright angels loud my welcome tell,
Thy voice disperse my fear.

Oh wondrous grace! Oh love divine!
That lets the sinner live,
Father, receive me now as Thine,
And now Thy welcome give!