1 Soul astray in darkness, bowed by sin and woe,
One still dearly loves you, tho’ you downward go;
Tenderly He calls you in the gath’ring gloom,
Hear Him sweetly pleading “Won't you come back home?”
Won’t you come to Jesus, won’t come back home?
Still He dearly loves you and is pleading, "Come;"
Grieve His heart no longer, cease from Him to roam,
All shall be forgiven, "Won't you come back home?"
2 Tho’ from Him you wander, under sin's control,
Ever He is yearning for your wayward soul;
Arms of love are open, why despairing roam
From the one that loves you, “Won't you come back home?”[Refrain]
3 Think how He has suffered just to prove His love,
Even now a mansion He prepares above;
Even while you wander on to endless doom;
Won’t you try to love Him? “Won't you come back home?” [Refrain]
4 Swift the day is speeding; night is coming on;
Turn, while Jesus calls you, hope will soon be gone;
In the path before you lies the yawning tomb;
Won’t you love the Savior? “Won't you come back home?” [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
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 >