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The Son Forsook the Father's Home

The Son forsook the Father's home

Author: Samuel J. Stone (1866)
Tune: MAITLAND (Allen)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. The Son forsook the Father’s home
For mercy to lost man,
And did not scorn the virgin’s womb
To bear the sinner’s ban.

2. Meekly the maiden pure believed
The great archangel’s word,
And by the Holy Ghost conceived
The Savior Christ the Lord.

3. The Word made flesh creation sees,
Its mighty God in man:
Great mystery of mysteries
Since ever time began!

4. That we might gain a second birth
The Holy Son was giv’n:
’Twas God Himself came down to earth
To win us back to Heav’n.

5. Lord! we believe with love and praise
This wondrous truth of Thee:
Thereby in all our troublous days
How strong henceforth are we!

6. So near art Thou, so strong are we,
For now, if we are Thine,
Our brother in humanity,
Thou makest us divine!

7. We see with peace in times of fear
Serene Thy human form
Thy human voice with joy we hear,
Sweet-toned above the storm.

8. So dread we not the deathly strife,
Knowing that Thou hast died:
It can but bear us into life,
Since nearer to Thy side!

Author: Samuel J. Stone

Stone, Samuel John, a clergyman of the Church of England, the son of Rev. William Stone, was born at Whitmore, Staffordshire, April 25, 1839. He was educated at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was graduated B.A. in 1862. Later he took orders and served various Churches. He succeeded his father at St. Paul's, Haggerstown, in 1874. He was the author of many original hymns and translations, which were collected and published in 1886. His hymns are hopeful in spirit and skillfully constructed. He published several poetic volumes. He died November 19, 1900 --Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915 (Charles Nutter)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Son forsook the Father's home
Title: The Son Forsook the Father's Home
Author: Samuel J. Stone (1866)
Source: Lyra Fidelium; Twelve Hymns of the Twelve Articles of the Apostle's Creed (London: Messrs. Parker and Co., 1866)
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune: MANOAH, arranged from Gioachino A. Rossini by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
Copyright: Public Domain



PRECIOUS LORD, the tune Thomas Dorsey used for his most beloved hymn, "Precious Lord, take my hand", is an adaptation of MAITLAND. Sometimes Dorsey is shown as the composer, sometimes as the arranger or adapter the tune. MAITLAND is often attributed to Allen, but the earliest known sources (H.W. Bee…

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