The Prodigal Son
Words: George C. Stebbins
1. Out in the wilderness wild and drear, Sadly I've wandered for many a year. Driven by hunger and filled with fear. I will arise and go; Backward with sorrow my steps to trace, Seeking my heavenly Father's face, Willing to take but a servant's place I will arise and go-- CHORUS Back to my Father and home, and home Back to my Father and home, I will arise an go and go Back to my Father and home.
2. Why should I perish in dark despair, Here where there's no one to help or care, When there is shelter and food to spare? I will arise and go; Deeply repenting the wrong I've done, Worthy no more to be called a son, Hoping my Father His child may own I will arise and go-- CHORUS 3. Sweet are the memories that come to me, Faces of loved ones again I see, Visions of home where I used to be I will arise and go; Others have gone who had wandered too, They were forgiven, were clothed anew, Why should I linger, with home in view? I will arise and go-- CHORUS 4. Oh, that I never had gone astray! Life was all radient with hope one day; Now all its treasures I've thrown away, Yet I'll arise and go; Something is saying "God loves you still, Though you have treated His love so ill"; I must not wait, for the night grows chill, I will arise and go-- CHORUS