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The Prodigal Son (Sweet Home)
The text of this carol is first found in John S. Stamp, The Christian's Spiritual Song Book (London, 1845). The tune was published by David Denham in 1837, and is an obvious arrangement of Sir Henry Bishop's well-known song, "Home, sweet home" of 1823. The carol was probably introduced to the West of England by the composer of the tune, the Rev. David Denham (1791-1848), who was for several years a Baptist minister in Plymouth. The carol is found on a broadside in Devonport printed for S. & J. Keys, 7 James Street, Devonport, and also sold by W. Burridge of Truro. The tune is was also sung in North America, though set to a different text beginning, "'Mid scenes of confusion and creature complaints."

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"The Return of the Prodigal Son," by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669). Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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