Welcome the Wanderers In

Prodigals hungry and thirsty

Author: E. R. Latta
Tune: [Prodigals hungry and thirsty]
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1 Prodigals hungry and thirsty,
Rove thro’ each highway and lane—
Bid them partake of the banquet,
Purchased by sorrow and pain.

Tell them the story of Jesus,
How He was offered for sin;
And from the highways and hedges,
Welcome the wanderers in!

2 Feeding on husks to starvation,
Wand’ring away from their home:
Bid them come home to the banquet,
Hasten while yet there is room. [Refrain]

3 Turn, oh, ye prodigals, homeward;
Father’s fond love ye shall share;
He has provided a banquet,
Where there’s enough and to spare. [Refrain]

Author: E. R. Latta

Rv Eden Reeder Latta USA 1839-1915. Born at Haw Patch, IN, the son of a Methodist minister, (also a boyhood friend of hymn writer Willam A Ogden) he became a school teacher. During the American Civil War he preached for the Manchester Methodist Church and other congregations (possibly as a circuit rider filling empty pulpits). In 1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Wright, and they had five children: Arthur, Robert, Jennie, two others. He taught for the public schools of Manchester, and later Colesburg, IA. He moved to Guttenberg, IA, in the 1890s, and continued writing song lyrics for several major gospel composers, including William Ogden, James McGranahan, James Fillmore, and Edmund Lorenz. He wrote 1600+ songs and hymns, many being wi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Prodigals hungry and thirsty
Title: Welcome the Wanderers In
Author: E. R. Latta
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Tell them the story of Jesus
Publication Date: 1890
Copyright: This text is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1929.


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