The prodigal

The wonderful love the Father bestowed

Author: R. B. Mahaffey
Tune: [The wonderful love the father bestowed]
Published in 4 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 The wonderful love the father bestowed
On him who returned from worldly embrace,
Doth plainly foreshow how Christ will receive
The penitent soul that trusts in His grace.

Oh, prodigal, turn from folly and vice,
Oh, wander no more in sorrow and shame;
Repent of your sins, arise and return,
The Father awaits the lost to reclaim.

2 Away from your home and kindness so dear,
You long have remained ’mid hunger and cold;
There’s shelter and bread enough, and to spare,
Come hasten away, and enter the fold. [Refrain]

3 Oh, come and enjoy the bountiful feast,
The pardon and love, the mercy and grace;
Thro’ Jesus alone, who died to redeem
The fallen and lost, the sin-ruined race. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12309

Author: R. B. Mahaffey

Late 19th Century Mahaffey’s name is sometimes shown with the title "Professor," indicating he was probably a teacher. From around 1877-1882, he edited and published a monthly called The Musical Advocate in Altoona, Pennsylvania. His works include: Precious Jewels, with J. H. Leslie (Altoona, Pennsylvania: R. B. Mahaffey, 1878) Progress, with J. H. Leslie (Altoona, Pennsylvania: R. B. Mahaffey, 1879) Sabbath Carols (Altoona, Pennsylvania: R. B. Mahaffey, 1881) Music: CHRIST IS BORN OVER THE ROLLING SEA Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The wonderful love the Father bestowed
Title: The prodigal
Author: R. B. Mahaffey
Refrain First Line: O wander no more
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #12309
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The Cyber Hymnal #12309

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