1 A wandering boy was aweary,
The sun was sinking low,
When tender the voice of a singer,
Unseen, set his heart aglow;
It softened his sin-hardened spirit
As nothing had done before,
For often his mother sung it
To him when the day was o’er.
“O where is my boy tonight?’
Upon the soft breeze rang;
“My heart o’erflows, for I love him he knows,”
The hidden singer sang.
2 He tho’t of the mother who lov’d him,
And tho’t of the stains within,
Then raising his eyes to the Saviour,
He prayed for release from sin;
“I’m coming to thee, dearest mother,”
With joy in his heart, he cried:
“Your wandering boy’s returning,
And Jesus is at my side.” [Refrain]
3 “My soul is no longer aweary,
For I have a song in my heart,
And Jesus is my precious Saviour,
Who never from me will part;
He’ll walk with me all thro’ life’s journey,
My constant companion, friend;
I’ll love him and trust him, serve him,
Till life’s fleeting day shall end.” [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >