Afar from home, beset by fear

Afar from home, beset by fear

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Tune: [Afar from home, beset by fear]
Published in 10 hymnals

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1 Afar from home, beset by fear,
O straying one, by guilt oppressed,
Thy Saviour’s tender pleading hear
He calleth, “Come to Me and rest!”

Come home! Thy Saviour calls thee;
Come home! No more in darkness roam;
Come home! Thy Father loves thee;
Come home! O wayward child, come home!

2 Arise, and seek thy Father’s face;
The feast of love is spread for thee;
His pardon, free His boundless grace,
Are all for thee; O come and see! [Refrain]

3 The homeward path take then today;
Thou art not left to walk alone;
The Spirit waits to show the way,
He safely guides and keeps His own. [Refrain]

4 Why longer wait? Thou art a son,
Thy Father’s house should be thy place;
Thy birthright claim, O wand’ring one;
Return, and see thy Father’s face! [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Gospel Songs No. 2 #65

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Afar from home, beset by fear
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Refrain First Line: Come home, thy Savior calls thee



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