The Prodigal Son

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1 Afflictions though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent,
They stopp’d the prodigal’s career,
And caus’d him to repent.

I’ll die no more for bread, he cried,
Nor starve in foreign lands;
My father’s house has large supplies,
And bounteous are his hands.

2 What have I gained by sin, he said,
But hunger, shame and fear?
My father’s house abounds with bread,
While I am starving here. [Chorus]

3 I’ll go and tell him all I’ve done,
Fall down before his face,
Unworthy to be called his son,
I’ll seek a servant’s place. [Chorus]

4 His father saw him coming back,
He saw, and ran, and smiled,
And threw his arms around the neck
Of his rebellious child. [Chorus]

5 Father, I’ve sinned, but O forgive!
Enough! the father said;
Rejoice, my house, my son’s alive,
For whom I mourned as dead. [Chorus]

6 Now let the fatted calf be slain,
And spread the news around;
My son was dead, and lives again;
Was lost, but now is found. [Chorus]

7 ‘Tis thus the Lord His love reveals,
To call poor sinners home;
More than a father’s love He feels,
And welcomes all that come. [Chorus]

Source: Gospel Praise Book.: a collection of choice gems of sacred song suitable for church service, gospel praise meetings, and family devotions. (Complete ed.) #130

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

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First Line: Afflictions, though they seem severe
Title: The Prodigal Son
Author: John Newton
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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