Scripture Verse

Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke 15:21

Introduction

Words: Will­iam F. Cos­ner, in The Song Vic­tor, ed­it­ed by R. A. Glenn (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: F. W. Hel­mick, 1878), num­ber 129.

Music: Sand Hill Road R. A. Glenn, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Glenn’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William F. Cosner
(1845–1880)

Lyrics

The Savior invites you, poor wanderer, come,
The Father is waiting to welcome you home;
Now cease from your wand’ring, so lonely and wild,
Return to your Father, O prodigal child.

Refrain

O come, trembling mourner, oh, come, and be blest,
Here lay down your burden that you may find rest.
Be cleansed from your sin, and to God reconciled,
Return to your Father, O prodigal child.

Return to the Father who holds you so dear;
Say, why will you perish when plenty is near?
Tho’ poor and unworthy, with sin all defiled,
The Father will welcome His prodigal child.

Refrain

Poor wanderer, haste, for the night draweth nigh;
Say, will you linger still there in darkness and die?
Oh, leave the lone desert, where shadows are piled;
Return to your Father, O prodigal child.

Refrain