The Wanderer

I had wandered off from heaven

Author: Beverly Carradine
Tune: [I had wandered off from Heaven]
Published in 11 hymnals

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1. I had wandered off from Heaven,
On the mountains cold and gray,
When I heard my Savior calling,
To His lost sheep far away;
How I listened as the tear drops
Coursed adown like falling rain,
While His tender words of promise,
Made my spirit glad again.
Come, oh, come to Me, said Jesus,
Come and I will give you rest,
I will take away the burden
From the heavy laden breast.
No matter who the wand’rer,
Nor how far he’s gone astray,
Behold, whosoever cometh,
I will comfort him today.

2. I was working in the temple
With the Savior by my side,
Where the multitude assembled,
In its misery and pride;
Glancing upward from my labor
I just caught His distant smile,
You have placed your work between us,
Come and talk with Me awhile.

3. Many early friends had left me,
While the vacant room and chair,
Were reminders of the prices
I had paid down to be there;
I was brooding o’er my losses
When the Savior spoke to me,
You have let your sorrows settle,
Like a cloud ’tween Me and thee.

4. Then I saw at once that Jesus
Could be better far than all;
He could lighten up the pathway,
Could surround me like a wall;
He could take the place of loved ones,
Wipe the falling tears away,
Turn my sorrows into laughter,
Change the night-tide into day.

5. So I heard the Savior calling,
Come thou weary one away,
And my answer quickly followed,
Lord, I’m coming home today;
Now His loving arms are round me,
And my head is on His breast,
While I catch His faintest whisper,
And my spirit is at rest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7115

Author: Beverly Carradine

Beverly Francis Carradine (April 4, 1848 - April 22, 1931) was an American Methodist minister, and a leading evangelist for the holiness movement. He was a productive author, writing primarily on the subject of sanctification. Beverly Francis Carradine was born on April 4, 1848, on Altamont Plantation in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Carradine was the sixth of nine children, and fourth son of Mary Caroline Hewitt Carradine (born June 5, 1819 in Washington, D.C.; died 1881 in Yazoo City, Mississippi) and Henry Francis Carradine (born June 7, 1808 in Yazoo City, Mississippi; died March 8, 1854), a planter. The Carradine family moved to Yazoo City in 1852. 1n 1865 Carradine, aged 16, enlisted in Wood's Regiment in the Confederate Cavalry… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I had wandered off from heaven
Title: The Wanderer
Author: Beverly Carradine
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Come, O, come to me, said Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain



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