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The Backslider

Sad and lonely, weak and weary, Down life's rugged path I roam

Author: C. E. Orr; Author (refrain): Andrew L. Byers
Tune: [Sad and lonely, weak and weary]
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Sad and lonely, weak and weary,
Down life’s rugged path I roam;
Heart is bleeding, soul is weeping,
Seeking rest and finding none;
Father, once I dearly loved Thee,
In the happy days of yore,
But of love this world has robbed me,
Shall I never love Thee more?

Refrain:
O backslider, there is pardon,
Christ will save you from your sin,
Fill your yearning heart with gladness,
And receive you back again;
Come, oh, come, then, to the Savior,
Cast your doubts and fears away,
Plunge into the healing fountain,
There to save your soul today.

2 Here’s a withered flow’r and faded,
Emblem of my lonely heart,
Once so full of love and duty,
Now lies crushed by human art;
Father, once my prayers were answered,
In the happy days of yore,
When in faith and love I sought Thee,
Wilt Thou never hear me more? [Refrain]

3 Life’s a burden, Lord, without Thee,
Peace I nevermore can know,
All this world a sea of trouble,
All a wilderness of woe;
Father, leaving all, I seek Thee,
Plead once more to be forgiv’n;
Wash away my sins and sorrows,
Father, give me hope of heav’n. [Refrain]

Source: Timeless Truths #466

Author: C. E. Orr

(no biographical information available about C. E. Orr.) Go to person page >

Author (refrain): Andrew L. Byers

Andrew Linnaeus Byers was born on Au­gust 26, 1869 in Al­bany, Il­li­nois. Byers’ mo­ther was song writer Nancy By­ers. In 1890 he became involved with Daniel War­ner & Bar­ney War­ren in evan­gel­is­tic work; later joined the Gos­pel Trump­et pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny as mu­sic ed­it­or for a year. He left that work because of health problems and worked as an evan­gel­ist and pastor in Ida­ho & Or­e­gon be­fore tak­ing a pas­tor­ate in Sac­ra­men­to, Cal­i­for­nia, in 1934. He died on November 9, 1952 in Sacramento, California. His works in­clude: Birth of a Reformation: The Life and La­bors of D. S. War­ner, 1922 NN, Hymnary. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sad and lonely, weak and weary, Down life's rugged path I roam
Title: The Backslider
Author: C. E. Orr
Author (refrain): Andrew L. Byers
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D with refrain
Refrain First Line: O backslider there is pardon
Copyright: Public Domain

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Timeless Truths #466
  • The_Backslider.pdf (PDF)

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Timeless Truths #466

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