Scripture Verse

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. Luke 15:18

Introduction

Words: J. F. Huff­mas­ter, in Songs of Con­quest, by Jo­seph F. Ber­ry (New York & Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Ab­ing­don Press, 1923), page 26.

Mu­sic: Charles C. Card (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Huff­mas­ter or Card’s full name, or where to get good pho­tos of them (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

From Thee, my Savior, far away
My wand’ring feet have gone astray;
My careless steps have led so far
That darkness reigns without a star.

Refrain

Father, receive with forgiving grace;
Close to Thy side give to me a place!
Thy Spirit’s help shall keep me true
In whatsoever Thou bidst me do.

For me Thy love has never changed,
Tho’ long from Thee I’ve been estranged;
My faithless heart would fain return,
For Thee once more my soul doth yearn.

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Be Thou henceforth my only guide,
Direct my way, my paths decide;
Let all my aspirations be
To live and work, and die for Thee.

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And when Thou’rt seated on Thy throne,
And saints, for whom Thou didst atone,
Shall gather there to sing Thy praise,
In glory then my voice I’ll raise.

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