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Afar from God

Afar from heaven thy feet have wandered

Author: Richard Slater
Tune: [Afar from heaven thy feet have wandered] (Harkness)
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Afar from Heaven thy feet have wandered,
Afar from God thy soul has strayed;
His gifts in sin thy hand has squandered,
Yet still in love he calls thee home.

God is near thee. tell the story;
He will hear thy tale of sorrow,
God is near thee, and in mercy
He will welcome thy return.

2 Thy feet have found sin’s way is thorny,
Thy heart has found its pleasures vain,
Thou hast grown weary, and about thee
The gloom has spread of dark despair.

3 The broken heart the Lord will favour,
The contrite spirit he will bless;
He came to be the lost one’s Saviour,
He came to be the sinner’s friend.

4 Tell out thy need, and he’ll befriend thee,
Pour out thy heart’s deep grief to him,
His boundless love, unmeasured mercy,
His free forgiveness are for thee.

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #225

Author: Richard Slater

Library of Congress name authority Sources: found: The musical Salvationist, 2011: t.p. (Richard Slater; 1854-1939) p. 32, etc. (b. June 7, 1854 in Clerkenwell; worked in the Salvation Army's Musical Dept. from 1883 until his retirement in 1913; was the principal Salvationist composer, arranger and musical editor of the period; awarded the Order of the Founder, the highest honour bestowed to Salvationists, in 1923; d. Dec. 7, 1939) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Afar from heaven thy feet have wandered
Title: Afar from God
Author: Richard Slater
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Thy God is near thee
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Song Book of the Salvation Army #225

Include 9 pre-1979 instances
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