Saturday, 20 June 2015

In The Garden / I Come To The Garden Alone Hymn

Who Wrote The Gospel Song In The Garden

I come to the garden alone was composed in 1912 by C Austin Miles(1868-1946), a pharmacist by profession.

I come to the garden alone has divided opinions among Christians. It is loved and loathed in equal measure in the Christian community. Those who oppose this hymn think that it is too erotic and egocentric.

The History Behind I Come to the Garden Alone/In the Garden.

C Austin Miles says the inspiration for this hymn came to him in March 1912 when he was drawn to John 20-1-18. This is the story of the meeting between Jesus and Mary Magdalene soon after his resurrection.

He says as he read this chapter he felt as if he was part of the scene as Mary knelt before Jesus and addressed him as "Rabboni".

He says that, "My hands were resting in the Bible while I stared at the light blue wall. As the light faded I seemed to be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches. He then describes the arrival of Mary, Peter, and John as they gathered at the tomb, followed by the appearance of Jesus.

He then states, " I awakened in full light, gripping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating. Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly as the words could be formed the poem exactly as it has appeared".

Therefore it is on the basis of this "vision" that the author came up with the words of this hymn. It has nothing to do with anything erotic.

The songs owes its popularity to two musicians, Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher of the Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns of the early twentieth century.

Popular Musicians Who Have Sang In the Garden.

This is a very popular song and was a favorite of Elvis Presley. It is in some respects one of Elvis Presley's gospel songs as he helped in exposing this song to the youth of his day. Elvis Presley included this song on his gospel album 'How Great Thou Art'.

Johny Cash also popularised it further when it was included posthumously in his 5 CD box set Cash Unearthed in November 2003

Reggie and Ladye Love Smith
Below is a video of Ladye Love Smith singing a well known great Christian gospel song, 'I come to the garden alone' or its real title 'In the garden'. Ladye Love Smith and her husband Reggie are  regular musicians on the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming series.



In The Garden Lyrics / I come To The Garden Alone Lyrics

Below are the lyrics of this gospel hymn, 'In the Garden' or 'I Come To The Garden alone.

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 . . .

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!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

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