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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Representative Text

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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Instances (1 - 28 of 28)

Bells of Heaven #d26

Bells of Heaven #d23

Down at the Cross #d24

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Garnered Sheaves #137

Harp of Zion #d11

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Holy Voices for the Sunday School, and other services of the church #171

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Melodious Sonnets #93

Notes of Triumph, for the Sunday School #d17

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Notes of Triumph #250

Rescue Hymns #d4

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Rescue songs #85

Revival and Prohibition Songs #d10

Songs and Stories of Mother, Childhood, and Home #d8

Songs of Life and Power #d14

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Tears and Triumphs No. 3 #46

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Tears and Triumphs #121

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Temple Trio #275

The Best of All ; The Harp of Glory #d13


The Cyber Hymnal #6196

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The Evangelist No. 3. (Music ed.) #114

The Glorious Cause #d10

The King in His Beauty #d11

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The Revival No. 2 #273

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The Seed Sower #111

Times of Refreshing #d15

Times of Refreshing #d17

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White Wings #100

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Windows of Heaven #50

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