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The Latch of Father's Door

Only a fond old father

Author: Mrs. William G. Moyer
Tune: [Only a fond old father]
Published in 9 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Only a fond old father,
Facing the window pane;
Peering with anxious longing
Into the dark and rain:
Only the weary wand’rer,
Home from foreign shore,
Waiting outside, and fears to lift
The latch of his father’s door.

Refrain:
Lift now the latch, my boy, my boy,
And wait outside no more;
There’s love and rest for thee, my boy,
Within thy father’s door.

2 Only a father weeping,
Weeping o’er the dead,
Seeing no form approaching,
Hearing no manly tread;
Only a trembling wand’rer,
Longing for home once more;
Weary and worn, too faint to lift
The latch of his father’s door. [Refrain]

3 Only a restful homestead
Waits the returning one;
Only a heav’nly Father
Welcomes a long-lost son;
Only a weary sinner,
Broken in heart, and sore,
Almost persuaded now to lift
The latch of his father’s door. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #190

Author: Mrs. William G. Moyer

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Text Information

First Line: Only a fond old father
Title: The Latch of Father's Door
Author: Mrs. William G. Moyer
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lift now the latch, my boy, my boy
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Genuine Gems of Sacred Song #18

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Pentecostal Hymns No. 3 #41

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Pentecostal Hymns Nos. 3 and 4 Combined #41

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 3 #92

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 4 #190

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Songs of Love and Praise #92

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The Bow of Promise #64

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The Gospel Chorus #80

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The Revival No. 3 #67

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