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You've wandered far in the fields

You've wandered far in the fields

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Tune: [You've wandered far in the fields of sin]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 You’ve wandered far in the fields of sin,
You’re weak and worn with despair,
Come back, come back to the Father’s home,
With joy He’ll welcome you there.

Why, oh, why so long delay?
Jesus is calling, come today,
He’ll hear your penitent, pleading cry,
“Help me, Master, or I die!”

2 You’ve scorned and slighted His loving voice,
But hear Him patiently call:
“Tho’ sins like mountains around you rise,
My love can pardon them all.” [Refrain]

3 The peace of pardon will heal the heart,
So broken, sin-sick and sore,
The sins and errors of all the past
Shall be remembered no more. [Refrain]

4 Then come today with your burdened heart
And find the joy you have craved;
Believe, and sing with triumphant shout:
“My soul thro’ Jesus is saved!” [Refrain]

Source: The Chorus of Praise: for use in Sunday Schools, Young People's Meetings, Revivals, Prayer Meetings, and All the Social Services of the Church #51

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith

Lanta Wilson Smith was born July 19, 1856 at Castine, Maine, and died October 19, 1939 at Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister, William J. Wilson, and his wife Sedelia Follett. Her father belonged to the Maine, and later the East Maine Conferences from 1846 until 1866, when he with his family traveled in a covered wagon to the west, where he served as minister in Nebraska and Dakota. Later he returned to New England and founded out his sixty-four years in the ministry at an appointment in Hingham, Massachusetts. From her early childhood Lanta sang and played the organ in church and Sunday school wherever her father was located. When seventeen she attended Bucksport Seminary, Maine, where she received som… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: You've wandered far in the fields
Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Refrain First Line: Why, O why so long delay


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The Chorus of Praise #51

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