The prodigal son

Representative Text

1 Far, far away from my loving father,
I had been wand’ring, wayward, wild,
fearing only lest his anger
overtake his sinful child.

I will arise and go to Jesus,
he will embrace me in his arms.
In the arms of my dear Savior,
oh, there are ten thousand charms.

2 Fain had I fed on the husks around me,
till to myself I came, and said,
“Plenty have my father’s servants;
perish I for want of bread.” [Refrain]

3 I will arise, though faint and weary,
home to my father I will go.
Woe to me that e’er I wandered,
ah, that I such need should know. [Refrain]

4 “Father,” I’ll say, “I have sinned before thee,
no more may I be called thy son.
Make me only as thy servant;
pity me, a wretch undone!” [Refrain]

5 Then I arose and came to my father.
Mercy amazing! Love unknown!
He beheld me, ran, embraced me,
pardoned, welcomed, called me “son”!

Source: Voices Together #300

Text Information

First Line: Far, far away from my loving Father
Title: The prodigal son
Source: Gospel Songs, 1874 - Common Praise: Anglican Church of Canada (Anglican Book Centre, 1998)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I will arise and go to Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain


RESTORATION (Southern Harmony)

ARISE is an anonymous American folk melody. Set to "Mercy, O Thou Son of David," the tune was published in William Walker's (PHH 44) Southern Harmony (1835) with the title RESTORATION. Its name was changed to ARISE (after the refrain in the ballad about the prodigal son) when it was set to Hart's te…

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Common Praise (1998) #609

Hymnal #139


Voices Together #300

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