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The heavenly Father calls

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1 The heavenly Father calls for thee,
O wayward, sinful child,
And asks thee in his gracious Word
To come,—be ye reconciled.

He is calling thee, calling thee,
Home to a Father’s love;
He is calling thee to a “title clear,”
To a mansion built above.

2 His voice is speaking to thy soul;
The Spirit strives within;
He bids thee turn to him this hour;
He’ll pardon all thy sin. [Refrain]

3 O wondrous love that calls us home!
O height and depth of grace!
O sweet, constraining power that draws
Our hearts to seek his face!

4 The blessed home-light shines beyond,
And open is the way;
‘Tis sprinkled with the Saviour’s blood:
Come, enter it today. [Refrain]

Source: Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selections #60

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The heavenly Father calls
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Refrain First Line: He is calling thee



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Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, the Joyful Sound #236Page Scan
Songs of Love and Praise #d171
The Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, The Joyful Sound (Word ed.) #236Page Scan