Return, O wanderer! now return! And seek thine injured Father's faceAuthor: William Bengo Collyer (1812)
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1 Return, O wanderer, return,
And seek an injured Father's face;
Those warm desires that in thee burn
Were kindled by reclaiming grace.
2 Return, O wanderer, return
And seek a Father's melting heart;
His pitying eyes thy grief discern,
His hand can heal thy inward smart.
3 Return, O wanderer, return;
Thy Savior bids thy spirit live.
Go to His bleeding feet and learn
How freely Jesus can forgive.
4 Return, O wanderer, return
And wipe away the falling tear;
'Tis God who says, "No longer mourn;"
'Tis Mercy's voice invites thee near.
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal #280
|First Line:||Return, O wanderer! now return! And seek thine injured Father's face|
|Title:||Return, O Wanderer, Return|
|Author:||William Bengo Collyer (1812)|
|Source:||Hymns (London: 1812)|
Return, O wanderer, return . W. B. Collyer. [Call to Repentance .] Appeared in the Evangelical Magazine , May 1806, and in his Hymns, &c, 1812, No. 928, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "The Backslider." It is in use in its original form; as "Return, my wandering soul, return And seek an injured," &c, in the Philadelphia Baptist Hymn & Tune Book, 1871; and as "Wanderer from God, return, return," in a few of the American collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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