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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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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?

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