Hymns from the Past – John Newton Afflictions, Though They Seem Severe

1 Afflictions, though they seem severe,

In mercy oft are sent;

They stopped the prodigal’s career,

And forced him to repent;

Although he no relenting felt

Till he had spent his store;

His stubborn heart began to melt,

When famine pinched him sore.

2 “What have I gained by sin,” he said,

“But hunger, shame and fear?

My father’s house abounds in bread,

Whilst I am starving here.

I’ll go and tell him all I’ve done,

Fall down before his face;

Unworthy to be called his son,

I’ll seek a servant’s place”

3 His father saw him coming back,

He saw, and run, and smiled;

And threw his arms around the neck,

Of his rebellious child.

“Father, I’ve sinned–but O forgive!

I’ve heard enough” he said,

“Rejoice, my house, my son’s alive,

For whom I mourn’d as dead.

4 “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.”

‘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.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

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