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O prodigal, don't stay away, The Father is waiting

O prodigal, don't stay away, The Father is waiting

Author: Jeremiah Eames Rankin
Tune: [O prodigal, don't stay away] (Bischoff)
Published in 31 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 O prodigal, don’t stay away!
The Father is waiting today;
There’s room and to spare,
There is raiment to wear,
O prodigal, don’t stay away.

Come home, come home,
Prodigal, won’t you come home?
There’s welcome for you the Father so true,
O prodigal, don’t stay away.

2 O prodigal brother, come home!
Why longer in wretchedness roam?
You’re lonely and lost,
You are driven and toss’d,
O prodigal brother, come home. [Refrain]

3 O prodigal, what will you do?
Love’s table is waiting for you;
Forgiveness so sweet,
Sure, your coming will greet,
O prodigal, what will you do? [Refrain]

4 O prodigal brother, arise!
For pardon, look up to the skies;
No longer then stray
From Thy Father away,
O prodigal brother, arise. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 2 #219

Author: Jeremiah Eames Rankin

Pseudonym: R. E. Jeremy. Rankin, Jeremiah Eames, D.D., was born at Thornton, New Haven, Jan. 2, 1828, and educated at Middleburg College, Vermont, and at Andover. For two years he resided at Potsdam, U.S. Subsequently he held pastoral charges as a Congregational Minister at New York, St. Albans, Charlestown, Washington ( District of Columbia), &c. In 1878 he edited the Gospel Temperance Hymnal, and later the Gospel Bells. His hymns appeared in these collections, and in D. E. Jones's Songs of the New Life, 1869. His best known hymn is "Labouring and heavy laden" (Seeking Christ). This was "written [in 1855] for a sister who was an inquirer," was first printed in the Boston Recorder, and then included in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O prodigal, don't stay away, The Father is waiting
Author: Jeremiah Eames Rankin
Refrain First Line: Will you come



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Bells of Gladness No. 1 #d22
Carmina Centum: for Sunday schools and gospel meetings #53Page Scan
Carols of Joy: choice collection of songs and hymns for the Sunday School, Bible class, and the Home Circle to which has been added an easy method of Rudimental Instruction in Music, for Week-day Stud #34Page Scan
Crowning Day No. 2 #219TextAudioPage Scan
Crowning Glory No. 1: a choice collection of gospel hymns #71Page Scan
Gates of Praise: for the Sabbath-School, praise service, prayer-meeting, etc. #44Page Scan
Gates of Praise: for the Sabbath-school, praise-service, prayer-meeting, etc. #44Page Scan
Gems of Sacred Song #d147
Gleanings of Praise #d138
Gospel Bells #d103
Gospel Bells #d105
Gospel Bells: a collection of new and popular songs for the use of Sabbath schools and gospel meetings #80Page Scan
Gospel Tent Hymns #d132
Great Joy! : a new and favorite collection of hymns and music, for gospel meetings, prayer, temperance, and camp meetings, and Sunday schools #13Page Scan
Lasting Hymns No. 2 #d175
Light and Life: a collection of new hymns and tunes for sunday schools, prayer meetings, praise meetings and revival meetings #94Page Scan
Melodious Sonnets #75Page Scan
On Joyful Wing : A Book of Praise and Song #147TextAudioPage Scan
Prayer and Praise: or Hymns and Tunes for Prayer Meetings, Praise Meetings, Experience Meetings, Revivals, Missionary Meetings and all special occasions of Christian work and worship #223Page Scan
Selection of Hymns, for the use of the first M. E. Church, Cape May City #47Page Scan
Songs of Cheer for the Master's Workers #d40
Songs of Refreshing Nos. 1 and 2 Combined. Rev. #d114
Songs of Refreshing: adapted for use in revival meetings, camp meetings, and the social services of the church. #8Page Scan
Songs of the Kingdom: a choice collection of songs and hymns for the Sunday school and other social services #44Page Scan
Songs of the Pentecostal Flame #d70
Temple Songs (Seaside ed.) #44Page Scan
Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s44Page Scan
Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns" #147Page Scan
The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d261
The Great Awakening: a choice collection of new and standard gospel songs #49Page Scan
The Standard Church Hymnal #333Page Scan
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