Written in 1912 by Charles Austin Miles, as a commission by a music publisher, “In the Garden” was no less spiritually inspired for all its secular beginnings.
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Words and Music by C. Austin Miles
"In the Garden" (sometimes rendered by its first line "I Come to the Garden Alone" is a gospel song written by American songwriter C. Austin Miles (1868–1946), a former pharmacist who served as editor and manager at Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. According to Miles' great-granddaughter, the song was written "in a cold, dreary and leaky basement in New Jersey that didn't even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden." The song was first published in 1912 and popularized during the Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns of the early twentieth century by two members of his staff, Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans recorded the song with vocal quartet and orchestra on March 3, 1950. Tennessee Ernie Ford performed the song on his 1956 platinum album Hymns. A June 18, 1958 recording by Perry Como was part of his album When You Come to the End of the Day. It is also used in juxtaposition to "Blue Tail Fly" near the beginning of the Merchant Ivory film The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. The book of poetry “Tea” by D. A. Powell also refers to the song. Doris Day recorded the song on her 1962 album You'll Never Walk Alone. Elvis Presley recorded the song on his gospel album How Great Thou Art (1967). Willie Nelson recorded the song on his 1976 gospel album The Troublemaker. The gospel song is sung in the closing scene of the film “Places in the Heart” (1984) and by Ronee Blakley in the Robert Altman film “Nashville” (1975).
The song is included on Johnny Cash's 5-CD box set Cash Unearthed, released posthumously in November, 2003, and featured on disc 4, My Mother's Hymn Book. This collection of gospel songs was released as a stand-alone disc six months later.
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I come to the garden a - lone,
While the dew is still on the ros - es,
And the voice I hear, Falling on my ear,
The Son of God dis - clos - es.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tar - ry there,
None oth - er has ev - er known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their sing - ing,
And the mel - o - dy That He gave to me,
With - in my heart is ring - ing.
I'd stay in the gar - den with Him
Tho' the night a -round me be fall -ing,
But he bids me go; Thro' the voice of woe
His Voice to me is calling.
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