So far in 2022, 11 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

[I was a wayward child, was sinking in despair]

[I was a wayward child, was sinking in despair]

Composer: L. D. Huffstutler
Published in 1 hymnal

Composer: L. D. Huffstutler

Leonard Duffie Huffstutler Born: June 17, 1887, Li­ber­ty, Al­a­ba­ma. Died: Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1977, Dal­las, Tex­as. Buried: Laur­el Land Me­mor­i­al Park, Dal­las, Tex­as. Leonard was the son of Hugh Mont­gom­e­ry Huff­stut­ler and Amel­ia E. Dick­son, and hus­band of Sall­ie Cow­art. He grew up on a Tex­as farm and at­tend­ed Tex­as A&M Un­i­ver­si­ty, Col­lege Sta­tion. He stu­died mu­sic with John Her­bert, Ru­fus Cor­ne­li­us, Ho­mer Ro­de­hea­ver, and Ar­thur Sebren. He sang in quar­tets and taught in sing­ing schools for the Hart­ford and Stamps-Bax­ter Mu­sic Com­pa­nies. © The Cyber Hymnal™ ( Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [I was a wayward child, was sinking in despair]
Composer: L. D. Huffstutler
Copyright: Public Domain


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)
Page Scan

Songs of the Cross #151

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support