Scripture Verse

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10


Words: Or­en R. Bar­rows, in Chau­tau­qua Ca­rols, ed­it­ed by Ro­bert Low­ry, W. How­ard Doane & Will­iam F. Sher­win (New York & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1878), num­ber 130.

Music: Theo­pha­ny Or­en R. Bar­rows, 1878 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


Angels are wait­ing to bear the news
Up to the courts above,
Of some poor wan­d’rer now com­ing home
Seeking a Fa­ther’s love.


There will be joy, will be joy in Heav’n,
There will be joy above,
Over the wan­d’rer re­turn­ing home,
Seeking a Fa­ther’s love.

Jesus is rea­dy, O heed His call,
Come, wea­ry ones, and rest;
Nothing is want­ing, there’s room for all,
Now be for­ev­er blest.


Riches de­ceive you, and friend­ships fail,
Here’s no abid­ing home;
Earth’s joys are tran­si­ent, and cares as­sail,
Come, weary wan­d’rer, come.


O, what an an­them will an­gels sing!
How throb their hearts with love!
E’en now they’re wait­ing, and on the wing,
Who’ll send the news above?