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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165
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The Prodigal's Return

Score
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Author
John Newton
Composer
Ira David Sankey
Arranger
A. H. M.
Lyrics
Afflictions, tho' they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent;
They stopped the prodigal's career,
And caused him to repent.

"What have I gained by sin," he said,
"But hunger, shame, and fear?
My father's house abounds in bread,
While I am starving here!"

"I'll go and tell him all I've done;
Fall down before his face,
Unworthy to be call his son.
I'll seek a servant's place."

His father saw him coming back;
He saw, he ran, he smiled,
And threw his arms around the neck
Of his rebellious child!

"O father, I have sinned– forgive!"
"Enough," the father said,
"Rejoice, my house; my son's alive
For whom I mourned as dead!"

'Tis thus the Lord His love reveals,
To call poor sinners home;
More than a father's love He feels
And welcomes all that come.

Chorus:
"I'll not die here for bread,
I'll not die here for bread," he cries;
"Nor starve in foreign lands;
My father's house has large supplies
And bounteous are his hands."

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