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Some mother's child

At home or away, in the alley or street

Author: Francis L. Keeler
Tune: [At home or abroad, in the alley or street]
Published in 28 hymnals

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1 At home or abroad, in the alley or street,
Wherever I chance in the wide world to meet
A girl that is thoughtless, a boy that is wild,
My heart echoes softly—‘tis some mother’s child.

‘Tis some mother’s child!
‘Tis some mother’s child!
For her sake deal gently with some mother’s child,
For her sake deal gently with some mother’s child.

2 And when I see those o’er whom long years have roll’d,
Whose hearts have grown hardened, whose spirits are cold;
Be it woman all fallen, or man all defiled,
A voice whispers sadly—‘tis some mother’s child. [Refrain]

3 No matter how far from the right she hath strayed,
No matter what inroads dishonor hath made;
No matter what elements cankered the pearl—
Tho’ tarnished and sullied, she’s some mother’s girl. [Refrain]

4 No matter how wayward his footsteps have been;
No matter how deep he is sunken, in sin;
No matter how low is his standard of joy,—
Tho’ guilty and loathsome, he’s some mother’s boy. [Refrain]

5 That head hat been pillowed on tenderest breast;
That form hath been wept o’er, those lips have been pressed;
That soul hath been prayed for in tones sweet and mild;
For her sake deal gently with some mother’s child.

Source: Melodious Sonnets #93

Author: Francis L. Keeler

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Text Information

First Line: At home or away, in the alley or street
Title: Some mother's child
Author: Francis L. Keeler
Refrain First Line: Some mother's child



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