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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John S. Coffman
(1848–1899)

Words: John S. Coff­man, Bi­ble School Hymns and Sac­red Songs, ed­it­ed by Chris­tian H. Brunk (Elk­hart, In­di­a­na: Men­non­ite Pub­lish­ing, 1883), page 49.

Music: Barr John S. Coff­man, 1883 (🔊 pdf nwc) Note: Though the tune was pub­lished by 1883, the har­mo­ni­za­tion in this ver­sion is from an 1890 hym­nal.

Lyrics

O, weary wanderer,
Thy Savior bids thee come;
Thou long in sin hast loved to roam,
But still He loves thee—come.

Think of thy Father’s house today,
Think of its plenteous store;
Think of thy sinful, wandering way,
Then come, and roam no more.

Poor prodigal, come home and rest,
Come and be reconciled;
Thy Father’ll clasp thee to His breast—
He loves His wandering child.