The prodigal son

Out in the wilderness, wild and drear

Author: Thomas O. Chisholm
Tune: [Out in the wilderness wild and drear]
Published in 28 hymnals

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1. Out in the wilderness wild and drear,
Sadly I’ve wandered for many a year,
Driven by hunger and filled with fear,
I will arise and go;
Backward with sorrow my steps to trace,
Seeking my heavenly Father’s face,
Willing to take but a servant’s place,
I will arise and go.

Back to my Father and home,
Back to my Father and home,
I will arise and go
Back to my Father and home.

2. Why should I perish in dark despair,
Here where there’s no one to help or care,
When there is shelter and food to spare?
I will arise and go;
Deeply repenting the wrong I’ve done,
Worthy no more to be called a son,
Hoping my Father His child may own,
I will arise and go. [Refrain]

3. Sweet are the memories that come to me,
Faces of loved ones again I see,
Visions of home where I used to be,
I will arise and go;
Others have gone who had wandered, too,
They were forgiven, were clothed anew,
Why should I linger with home in view?
I will arise and go. [Refrain]

4. O that I never had gone astray!
Life was all radiant with hope one day,
Now all its treasures I’ve thrown away,
Yet I’ll arise and go;
Something is saying, God loves you still,
Tho’ you have treated His love so ill,
I must not wait, for the night grows chill,
I will arise and go. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5682

Author: Thomas O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. 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: Out in the wilderness, wild and drear
Title: The prodigal son
Author: Thomas O. Chisholm
Refrain First Line: Back to my father and home



The Cyber Hymnal #5682
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Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #2Page Scan
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Conference Hymnal #35Page Scan
Favorites Number 1: A Collection of Gospel Songs #60
Foundation Hymns #d36
Gates of Praise for the Worship of God and Use in His Service. Rev. ed. #d84
Gospel Pearls #124Page Scan
Harvest Hymns #d153
Hymns of Grace: a Choice Collection of Hymns Honoring and Promoting the Reigning Grace of God #d336
Immanuel's Praise #d142
Living Gospel Songs and Choruses #56Page Scan
Majestic Hymns #d182
Montreat Hymns: psalms and gospel songs with responsive scripture readings #324Page Scan
National Baptist Convention Hymnal #d38
Northfield Hymnal No. 2 #273Page Scan
Northfield Hymnal No. 3 #69Page Scan
Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #48Page Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #5682TextScoreAudio
The Greatest Hymns #d262
The Highway Hymnal #d239
The Modern Hymnal #456Page Scan
The Service Hymnal, compiled for the General Use in All Religious Services ... #d305
Victorious Life Hymns #2Page Scan
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