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Afflictions though they seem severe In




Afflictions, though they seem severe;
In mercy oft are sent;
They stopped the prodigalís career,
And forced him to repent.


Although he no relentings felt
Till he had spent his store;
His stubborn heart began to melt
When famine pinched him sore.


ďWhat have I gained by sin, he said,
But hunger, shame, and fear;
My fatherís house abounds with bread,
While I am starving here.


Iíll go, and tell him all Iíve done,
And fall before his face
Unworthy to be called his son,
Iíll seek a servantís place.Ē


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


ďFather, Iíve sinnedóbut O forgive!Ē
Iíve heard enough, he said,
Rejoice my house, my sonís alive,
For whom I mourned as dead.


Now let the fatted calf be slain,
And spread the news around;
My son was dead, but lives again,
Was lost, but now is found.


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

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Lk 15:11-24; Lk 15:17;
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. MAGNUS
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1707
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        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)

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