When he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.@Luke 15:20
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Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

Mark R. Watkinson, in Brightest and Best, by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York: Biglow & Main, 1875), number 52.

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Mark R. Watkinson (1824-1877)

O blessèd grief that brings relief
To prodigals afar!
The Father there has honored prayer,
And takes us as we are.

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O wondrous grace that makes a place
For all who cease to roam!
With joyful song, and festive throng,
The Father takes us home.

From want and waste we gladly haste,
The heavenly hills we see;
We’re saved and blest, we’re home at rest,
With joy, dear Lord, in Thee.

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The home long sought, the best robe brought,
The festal fatling slain—
The shoes, the ring, the hearts that sing—
O hear the joyful strain.

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From wanderings vain, at home again,
The lost, the dead restored!
From His dear heart no more to part,
Nor from His regal board.

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