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-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


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?