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The Pilgrim’s Path – July 23, 2023

“My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies.” Song of Solomon 6:2
Charles Austin Miles was born on January 7, 1868 in Lakehurst, New Jersey. He studied both at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Philadelphia, and became a practising pharmacist. But in 1892, he abandoned his pharmacy career, and began writing gospel songs. He wrote nearly 400 gospel songs, and published at least seven hymnals. He is quoted as having said, “It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire.”
His lyrics include words such as: “A fountain was opened on Calvary, ‘Tis flowing, flowing still; That cleansed from all sin every sinner may be, ‘Tis flowing, flowing still. The fountain is flowing for those oppressed, ‘Tis flowing, flowing still; Then enter today, ye weary, and rest, ‘Tis flowing, flowing still.”
The song that he is most remembered for, however, is not as theologically rich, yet it paints a glorious picture of sweet communion, and of the gospel blessings of belonging to Jesus, and of being assured of that incredible truth by the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself!

In the Garden

I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses And the voice I hear, falling on my ear The Son of God discloses
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 tarry there None other has ever known
He speaks and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing
I’d stay in the garden with Him Though the night all around me is falling But He bids me go, through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling

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