Unto thy Father's dwelling

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1. Unto thy Father's dwelling,
O prodigal, return;
His matchless, wondrous mercy,
Do not in madness spurn.
Thou'rt sick at heart, and weary,
O then, why longer roam?
For now in love thy Father
Is calling, "Son, come home."

Chorus:
"Come home, prodigal,
Come home, prodigal;
Thy Father calls, thy Father calls,
"Come home"; Come home, prodigal,
Come home, prodigal;
Thy Father calls, thy Father calls, "Come home."

2. Thy substance all is wasted,
On husks thou fain wouldst feed;
Why perish there with hunger,
As soon thou wilt indeed?
Forsake the land of famine,
Of sorrow and of care,
And seek thy Father's country;
He will receive thee there. [Chorus]

3. He cometh now to meet thee,
While thou art far away;
And waiteth to embrace thee,
And words of pardon say.
Return, and this commandment
Thro' loyal hearts shall sound:
Rejoice, O men and angels!
My son, long lost is found! [Chorus]

4. O wondrous is the mercy
He hath already shown,
And wondrous the affection
That such a son would own;
Or do not slight His goodness,
So boundless and so free,
But haste and seek His favor
While yet He calls for thee. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #112

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

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First Line: Unto thy Father's dwelling
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: Come home, prodigal

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