Scripture Verse

I will arise and go to my father. Luke 15:18


Words: Grace S. Denn­stedt, in Gos­pel Pearls (Wash­ing­ton, DC: Na­tion­al Bap­tist Con­ven­tion, U.S.A., 1921), num­ber 114.

Music: Car­rie B. Per­son (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


There’s a road that leads to the vale of des­pair,
A road all en­shroud­ed with wor­ry and care;
Another that leads up to glo­ry and light,
Thank God, we are hitt­ing the home trail to­night.


Hitting the home trail to­night,
Hitting the home trail to­night;
Angels smile on the beau­ti­ful sight,
Someone is hit­ting the home trail to­night.

O trail that winds on to the glo­ri­ous goal,
To Hea­ven at last, the bright home of the soul;
For some one stands rea­dy to win in the fight,
And someone is hit­ting the home trail to­night.


The trail that leads home is the best way to take,
The path of the wick­ed we long to for­sake;
At the end of the trail there are man­sions of light,
For those who are hit­ting the home trail to­night.