Come Home Tonight

O soul astray and weary with wandering far abroad

Author: Ida M. Budd
Tune: [O soul astray and weary with wandering far abroad]
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1 O soul astray and weary with wand’ring far abroad,
From ways all dark and dreary, come home! come hot to God!
The Christ whose love hath bought thee doth kindly thee invite;
His mercy long hath sought thee: come home, come home tonight.

Come home, come home,
O hear His tender pleading come home tonight,
Come home, come home,
O hear His tender pleading, come home, come home tonight.

2 What tho’ thy sins like mountains rise up to bar the way,
And tho’ not all earth’s fountains Thy stain can wash away,
He bought with cruel bleeding for thee the glorious right
To prove His love, exceeding, come home, come home tonight. [Refrain]

3 Come home! He waits to meet thee, nor will He harshly chide;
With tend’rest love He’ll greet thee and take thee to His side;
From haunts of fear and sadness, from sin’s corroding blight,
To light, and joy, and gladness, He’ll welcome thee tonight. [Refrain]

4 O linger not, nor doubt Him, but come while yet you may;
No soul is saved without Him, He is the only way;
O haste to seek his favor ere mercy takes its flight,
Arise and say, “My Saviour, I will come home tonight.” [Refrain]

Source: The Chorus of Praise: for use in Sunday Schools, Young People's Meetings, Revivals, Prayer Meetings, and All the Social Services of the Church #36

Author: Ida M. Budd

Ida M. Budd was born in 1859 in a log cabin in Saginaw County, Michigan. When she was three years old her parents moved to Milford, Michigan. She loved nature and books. She decided to be a school teacher, receiving her teaching certificate when she was fifteen. Her first poem was published in 1881. She is known for her poems for children. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: O soul astray and weary with wandering far abroad
Title: Come Home Tonight
Author: Ida M. Budd
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Come home, come home
Copyright: Public Domain


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