Scripture Verse

I will arise and go to my father. Luke 15:18


Xaver S. von Wartensee

Words: Sam­u­el Long­fel­low, Hymns of the Spi­rit (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Tick­nor & Fields, 1864).

Music: Hor­ton Xa­ver S. von War­ten­see, 1826 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Samuel Longfellow


Love for all! and can it be?
Can I hope it is for me?
I, who strayed so long ago,
Strayed so far, and fell so low!

I, the disobedient child,
Wayward, passionate, and wild;
I, who left my Father’s home
In forbidden ways to roam!

I, who spurned His loving hold,
I, who would not be controlled;
I, who would not hear His call,
I, the willful prodigal!

I, who wasted and misspent
Every talent He had lent;
I, who sinned again, again,
Giving every passion reign!

To my Father can I go?
At His feet myself I’ll throw,
In His house there yet may be
Place, a servant’s place, for me.

See, my Father waiting stands;
See, He reaches out His hands;
God is love! I know, I see
There is love for me—even me!