THE PRODIGAL (As traditionally sung)
Note that the book from which this song was taken is currently out of print.
This tune serves as the melodic basis for Walker's fuging piece, "Alabama".
Afflictions, though they seem severe,
Are oft in mercy sent;
They stopp'd the prodigal's career,
And caused 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.