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Somewhere tonight

A mother dear is weeping

Author: Robert M. Offord
Tune: [A mother dear is weeping]
Published in 5 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 A mother dear is weeping,
Somewhere tonight, somewhere tonight;
Many and bitter the tears she weeps,
Weary the vigil and sad she keeps.
For, oh, she grieveth by night and day
For one that wandereth far away
From God and right.

O wandering one, list, list to the plea,
Thy mother is praying, is praying for thee.

2 A mother’s lowly bending,
Somewhere tonight, somewhere tonight;
Bowing and pleading with God in prayer,
Bringing to Jesus her load of care.
She prays as mother alone can pray
For one that wandereth far away
From God and right. [Refrain]

3 A mother’s heart is breaking,
Somewhere tonight, somewhere tonight;
Breaking with sorrow, with shame and grief.
When shall she find for her soul relief?
Alas! for her there can be no peace
Until her darling to wander cease
From God and right. [Refrain]

4 A mother still is pleading,
Somewhere tonight, somewhere tonight;
Pleading, still pleading, for one astray,
Making the promise of God her stay,
While faith and hope in her bosom burn.
Oh! come, thou wandering one, return
To God and right. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7844

Author: Robert M. Offord

Offord, Robert M., son of an English "open-communion" Baptist, was born at St. Austell, Cornwall, Sept. 17, 1846. In 1870 he removed to America, where he was associated for some time with the Methodists, but subsequently joined the Reformed Dutch Church in 1878. He is editor of the New York Observer. To that paper he contributed:— 1. Jesus, heed me, lost and dying. Lent. 2. It is no untried way. Christ's Burden. No. 1 appeared on Jan. 25th, and No. 2 on Feb. 1st, 1883. They were revised for Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884 (Duffield's English Hymns, N. Y., 1886). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A mother dear is weeping
Title: Somewhere tonight
Author: Robert M. Offord
Refrain First Line: O wandering one



The Cyber Hymnal #7844
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  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #7844

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