Child, Come Home

On a desert, bleak and dreary

Author: Mrs. L. M. Beal Bateman
Tune: [On a desert bleak and dreary]
Published in 8 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

On a desert bleak and dreary,
Dost thou wander sad and lone?
Hear the Savior calling, calling,
“Child of want and woe, come home.”

He is calling, calling ever,
Calling tenderly to thee,
“I’ll forsake thee never, never,
Weary wand’rer, come to me.”

Art thou doubting? doubt no longer,
For the word of God is sure;
Jesus came to save the sinful,
he will cleanse and make thee pure.

Do the world’s delights entice thee?
Greater joys in Christ abound;
Does the love of earth invite thee,
Perfect love in Him is found.

Wait no longer, life is fleeting,
Thou hast only this today;
Time is precious; oh, to Jesus
Give thyself without delay.

Source: Twentieth (20th) Century Songs Part One #60

Author: Mrs. L. M. Beal Bateman

Pseudonym: Grace Glenn; Lucinda M. Beal Bateman lived in Ionia, Michigan. She wrote A book of rhymes to suit the times published about 1886 by N. Chapin & Son (Chicago); Gleams of gold published about 1889, and The prohibition speaker: a collection of readings, recitations, dialogues, tableux and songs for temperance and prohibition entertainments published in 1889 by Filmore Bros. (Cincinnati). She married Zadoc Henry Bateman in 1875. They had one daughter, Grace. Dianne Shapiro, from "A book of rhymes to suit the times" and "The Genealogy of Dennis Bowen Caskey and Michelle Lynn Smith" (, retrieved 7-1-2018)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On a desert, bleak and dreary
Title: Child, Come Home
Author: Mrs. L. M. Beal Bateman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He is calling, calling ever
Copyright: Public Domain



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Twentieth (20th) Century Songs Part One #60

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