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

Nell Ray, in Telling Jesus (Hudson, North Carolina: Teachers’ Music Publishing Company, 1922), number 58.

Noble W. Ridgeway (🔊 pdf nwc).

Welcome home, O wandering child,
Leave sin’s mountain dark and wild;
Hear the Father’s voice now bidding you return!
Worldly pleasures are but vain,
In their midst, O why remain?
Enter now the narrow way, its rapture learn!

Refrain

Do you hear the invitation:
Welcome home, O wandering child!
For your soul there’s free salvation,
Welcome home today, O weary, wandering child.

Welcome home—O words of cheer,
Falling on the sinner’s ear;
Fully trust in Him, the only refuge true!
Whosoever will may come
Unto pardon, love, and home,
And be happy thro’ His wondrous grace anew.

Refrain

Welcome home, the Savior stands
With extended, pleading hands;
Will you tarry, and His heart so tender grieve?
There is danger if you wait,
Since the hour is growing late,
Come today, behind you sin and sorrow leave.

Refrain