O Prodigal, Don't Stay Away

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

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

Audio files: MIDI

Representative 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 today
Title: O Prodigal, Don't Stay Away
Author: Jeremiah Eames Rankin
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Will you come? Will you come?
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 31 of 31)

Bells of Gladness No. 1 #d22

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Carmina Centum #53

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Carols of Joy #34

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Crowning Day No. 2 #219

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Crowning Glory No. 1 #71

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Gates of Praise #44

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Gates of Praise #44

Gems of Sacred Song #d147

Gleanings of Praise #d138

Gospel Bells #d103

Gospel Bells #d105

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Gospel Bells #80

Gospel Tent Hymns #d132

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Great Joy! #13

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Lasting Hymns No. 2 #71

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Light and Life #94

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Melodious Sonnets #75

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On Joyful Wing #147

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Prayer and Praise #223

Songs of Cheer for the Master's Workers #d40

Songs of Refreshing Nos. 1 and 2 Combined. Rev. #d114

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Songs of Refreshing #8

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Songs of the Kingdom #44

Songs of the Pentecostal Flame #d70

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Temple Songs #44

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Temple Themes and Sacred Songs #s44

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Temple Trio #147

The Crowning Glory Nos. 1 and 2 #d261

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The Great Awakening #49

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The Standard Church Hymnal #333

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