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Lord, I have strayed afar

Lord, I have strayed afar

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 1 hymnal

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Lord, I have strayed afar
And I can find no rest;
Above, no guiding star,
No hope within my breast,
But night within and night without,
And anxious fear and gloomy doubt.

O, parched the desert land,
And drear the lonely wild.
O, that some loving hand
Would save a wandering child,
Who cast a Father's love aside,
And left his home in sinful pride.

Yea, I have heard the name
Of One Whose heart is kind;
Upon my night it came
As perfume on the wind;
It fills my soul, with trouble toss'd:
The name of One Who seeks the lost.

O, that His love would come
To where I mourn distressed,
And take a wanderer home
To be for ever blest,
Where I might see the Father's face,
Nor ever wander from His grace.

O Jesus Christ, to Thee
My mournful prayer I send:
Thy name can succour me,
O Thou, the sinner's Friend;
Incline my wayward heart, I pray,
That I no more from home may stray.

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord, I have strayed afar
Translator: John Brownlie
Language: English