The returning prodigal

The long lost son, with streaming eyes

Author: L. H. Sigourney
Published in 43 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The long-lost son, with streaming eyes,
From folly just awake,
Reviews his wanderings with surprise;
His heart begins to break.

2 I starve, he cries, nor can I bear
The famine in this land,
While servants of my father share
The bounty of his hand.

3 With deep repentance I'll return,
And seek my father's face;
Unworthy to be called a son,
I'll ask a servant's place.

4 Far off the father saw him move--
In pensive silence mourn--
And quickly ran, with arms of love,
To welcome his return.

5 Through all the courts the tidings flew,
And spread the joy around;
The angels tuned their harps anew--
The long-lost son is found!

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #426

Author: L. H. Sigourney

Sigourney, Lydia, née Huntley. This distinguished name stood at the head of the female poets of America a generation ago, and is still well remembered. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1791, she conducted a school in the same town from 1809 to 1814, when she removed to Hartford, where she was married to Charles Sigourney in 1819. Most of her subsequent life was spent at Hartford, and she died there, June 10, 1865. Her first publication was Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse, 1815. This was followed by 58 additional works. A thorough exploration of these, or of such of them are poetical, would be necessary to trace her hymns with accuracy. They, however, are more numerous than important. Many have been used in the older collections; some are… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The long lost son, with streaming eyes
Title: The returning prodigal
Author: L. H. Sigourney
Refrain First Line: I'll die no more for bread

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #199

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d680

Family and Social Melodies #d324

Free Methodist Hymnal #d583

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #S34

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #S34

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #324

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #324

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d462

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #430

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Methodist Social Hymn Book #93

Songs for Young and Old #d148

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d740

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #429

The Book of Worship #d486

The Church Hymn Book #d929

The Gospel Praise Book #d423

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The Gospel Psalmist #327

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The Harp #460

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The Hymn Book of the Free Methodist Church #384

The Jewelled Crown #d125

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The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #481

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #481

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #428

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The Revivalist: a Collection of Choice Revival Hymns and Tunes #318

The Southern Psalmist #d787

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d827

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #245

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d351

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #426

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