C. Austin Miles

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C. Austin Miles
Born(1868-01-07)January 7, 1868
DiedMarch 10, 1946(1946-03-10) (aged 78)
Other namesA. A. Payn, C. A. M.
Notable work"In the Garden"

Charles Austin Miles (January 7, 1868 – March 10, 1946) was a prolific American writer of gospel songs, who is best known for his 1912 hymn "In the Garden".

He studied at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he ceased to practice as a pharmacist. His first gospel song, "List! ’Tis Jesus’ Voice", was published by the Hall-Mack Company. He worked as editor and manager at Hall-Mack for 37 years. A resident of Pitman, New Jersey, Miles died on March 10, 1946, at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.[1] He is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, NJ.

He 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".[2][3] He wrote at least 398 songs, and the music to at least 8 more.[4]

His best-known song may be "In the Garden" (1912); sometimes known by its first line, "I Come to the Garden Alone". It has been included in 210 hymnals,[5] and recorded numerous times.


Title Instances in Hymnals
前在埃及為罪奴僕,不知何為自由 2
A cheerful word, a kindly smile 2
A fountain was opened on Calvary 3
A King divine is a friend of mine 3
A King is born in Bethlehem 3
A little more giving, a little less greed 2
A sinner more wretched than I 9
A solas al huerto yo voy 3
A wondrous song was given to me 5
Across the mystic maze of years 4
After a while, the burdens we have borne so long 2
All blotted out, all blotted out 2
All earth today is bright and gay 4
All hail to thee, Emanuel 6
All is dark, I cannot see my way 2
All my cloudy days are bright 3
All paths are bright 2
All that drew me I have left behind 2
All that held me, I have left behind 2
All that I am or hope to be 11
All the joy in the world is thine 2
All the nations of the earth rejoice and sing 2
All the world is bright to me 2
Allt blifvit nytt, Efter aangest och strid 2
Angels are singing a glad 1
Anything or nothing, worldly wealth or fame 4
As a lighthouse on the shore 4
As of old when the hosts of Israel 46
As the hills are round 1
As the shadows of the night round are falling 3
As wanderers far from home 1
At morning, when we awaken 2
At one with God, how rich is my condition 5
At the cross, at the cross, Wonder found me 2
Awake, and in his strength renewed 9
Awake, awake, O earth, awake and sing 2
Awake, awake, the dawn of day is breaking 2
Awake, awake, with light the skies are glowing 3
Away with doubt, away with fear 5
Be like Jesus in the home when the trials come 2
Be not idle today, time is passing away 1
Beautiful flowers of Eden 3
Believer, there's a blessing 2
Bells of peace on high 2
Betrayed with a kiss 2
Blessed be he, the God of our salvation 2
Blessed Comforter, dwell in me I pray 2
Blessed day of joy and light 1
Blow, softly blow o’er the hills and vales of Sharon 2
Bring, O bring again to me 2
By the blood on the cross of Calvary 2
By thy love which feared no danger 2
Calling from our ease Jesus bids us bear his banners on 1
Can we behold, through gates of gold 1
Carols sing to our King 2
Child in lowly manger lying 2
Child of sin, why will ye wander 1
Christ is born, Christ is born 2
Christ the king of glory Unto us is born 1
Clinging to Calvary, where naught but love I see 3
Close, close to thee, In childhood 11
Clouds may hover over me and hide my view 10
Come where the fountains are flowing 2
Come, ye heavy laden 3
Conquest banners streaming, Bid us onward go 5
Cross crowned hill above a verdant plain 2
Day by day, hour by hour 2
Do you know my Savior as I know him? 4
Does sin beset your daily path 2
Don't you hear the tumult in the city 4
Down by a river where the breezes blow 2
Draw me nearer, O my Savior 3
Dropping, dropping falls the rain 1
Each moment I will trust in him who did so much for me 1
Earth filled with joy sings the glad refrain 1
Earth is but a place to tarry 2
Earth to summer's joy 1
Easter bells, Easter bells, pealing 2
Ever abiding in his love 2
Ever of him I am singing 1
Every bird and blossom 1
Every nodding blossom seems to say today 1
Every voice that carols to the King 2
Faces bright with delight On this happy morn! 3
Faith reveals in untold beauty 2
Faithful is he and great his mercies are 11
Falter not, falter not in the battle 2
Far above earth's tumult 15
Far above the world so high 2
Far and near sweet and clear 1
Far and wide the angels' song 2
Far away the noise of strife upon my ear is falling 134
Far from my Savior I wandered 2
Far up the mountain of sin do I roam 2
Father divine, hear in this hour 1
Flow, flow on life's broad stream 2
Flow on, flow on, O rivers glad 1
Flowers in the meadow growing 4
For gentle rain that fills anew the spring 2
For my sins, is pardon found 3
For you, sinner, for you 2
Forward, Christian soldier, go 3
From dawn to evensong is but a day 2
From the morning dawn as the hours roll on 2
From the throne flows a wondrous stream 7
Galilean, meek and lowly 4
Ĝardenen mi venas en sol' 2
Gather from the hillsides, gather from the plains 2
Gather the sunbeams as they fall across the path of youth 2
Give me no treasures that last but a while 3
Go and tell unto all the gospel story 12
God holds the key to the crosses 2
God is calling now for workers where no light has gone 2
God is ever careful of his own 4
God laid on me a cross to carry 2
God's own hand shall lead me 5
Good night and God bless you 2
Grant, my dear Lord, thy blessing unto me 5
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised! In the city of our God (Miles) 2
Hark, on the highway of life a sound As crested waves of ocean roar 9
Hark, the Sabbath bells are pealing Softly o'er the dew-kissed land 2
Hasten away, do not delay 3
Hate made a cross from the wood of a tree 3
Have you done your very best 3
Have you ever tried to bear your burdens all alone 13
He my refuge is, my fortress, I will put my trust in him 3
He will hear me when I call 1
Hear the chimes of the gospel bells 2
Hear the Easter bells, blessed Easter bells 1
Hear the song of the murmuring sea 1
Heavenly doors were opened 3
Here in the name of Christ our King 2
Here we all must part, here the aching heart 14
Hold thou my hand, O Lord when pleasures vain allure me 2
Holy Bible, word divine 3
How glorious is the holy word 4
How often you think of your home 2
Hvar och ensaa s'ger Gud 2
I am fully satisfied with Jesus' love 2
I am glad to tell, with my soul 'tis well 2
I am happy every day, for I know 2
I am happy in the Lord, sweetly trusting 2
I am not under law, I'm under grace 5
I am rejoicing now in sins forgiven 6
I am sailing on a sea 3
I am the Way, the Savior said, And I would 10
I can face all trials here 2
I cannot keep from singing, the Praises of My God 2
I cannot understand while walking hand in hand 2
I claim for my own a King on a throne 4
I come to the garden alone 220
I do not know and none can tell 2
I do not know the depths of Jesus' love, that brought Him down 7
I have a Comrade who knows me well 2
I have a cross that I must bear 2
I have a friend indeed, a friend I often need 9
I have a friend, than whom I need no other 2
I have a friend unfailing 4
I have a friend who knows me so well 2
I have blessed peace though the storm may beat 2
I hear it in the midnight hour 2
I knew I was a sinner 2
I know I am a sinner in the sight of God 2
I know I love my Savior, When all is fair and bright 2
I love him because I know him 4
I love him, though unworthy ever 2
I love to think of Jesus, who else could it be 10
I must have Jesus with me when the morning light 4
I must lay this body down and soar away 8
I need the blood to me applied 2
I often wonder what shall be 2
I saw around the throne 2
I seem to see one walking 3
I shall wear a golden crown, 33
I sought to find my heart's desire 2
I strive to walk the narrow way 2
I walk with Jesus though his pierced feet 2
I want to be there at the roll call 3
I want to tell the story I love so well 2
I was once a sinner, but I came 47
I will not leave you comfortless (Miles) 2
I will not let thee go until thou bless me even here 2
I will seek to be a blessing 5
I'd like to be a child again 2
If a cross I bear 3
If pathless forests meet my view 7
If the voice of God should come to you today 22
If to Christ our only King 36
If you are a loafah an' a drunkard 4
If you have knelt before your God in prayer 2
I'll cling to him, whose pierced feet 2
I'll cling to thee, Jesus, in joy and in pain 2
I'll lift up my head and rejoicing I'll sing 2
I'll never cease to love him, he's done so much for me 4
I'll patiently wait on each promise 1
I'm traveling now on the safest road 9
I'm weary of bearing my burden 6
In a manger low, in a cattle shed 3
In my heart I have a song 2
In the beauty of the earth and the glowing skies 4
In the gardens of the world 1
In the glory of the early morning 2
In the meadows green 1
In the sky the stars are shining 1
In the strength of God 1
In the tomb they laid him 1
In the word of God is a wondrous plan 2
In thy hands, O Jesus, all my life I place 2
Is there on your heart a burden 2
Is there One who can feed the hungry soul 2
It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide 58
I've been redeemed by the precious blood 4
I've been redeemed thro' Jesus' precious blood 1
I've left Egypt and its sin behind me 2
Jerusalem, O city bright 2
Jesus calls for soldiers true 2
Jesus Christ my pardon purchased 3
Jesus, I have come to thee 3
Jesus in the morning when I wake 2
Jesus knows my cares 3
Jesus, my Savior, calls in tones so clear 3
Jesus, my Savior, when I stand and view 2
Jesus, the Son, who came to save us 2
Jesus, to thee I kneel in sweet submission 2
Jesus, to thy mighty name 1
Jesus, we plead in one accord 2
Joy is springing in this soul of mine and a song is in my heart 4
Just a little nearer, speaks a loving voice 3
Just a step from here to heaven 2
Just beyond the river Jordan 1
Just beyond the river Jordan, just across its chilling tide 11
Just to have the loving heart of Jesus 3
Kings of the earth dwell in palaces fair 2
Lead on, King of Love 1
Lead on, not with the sword the brave of the earth are wielding 1
Let every tribe and ration 1
Let me serve thee more and more 1
Life is but a moment that soon will be past 2
Life is but a span in the measure of years 2
Life is full of sunshine when the sun 3
Life is like the rolling ocean 2
Like an army marching Come the children 1
Listen to the song the birds are singing 2
Living for the Master only 2
Lo! an angel host descending 3
Long ago I lost my evil love for sinning 5
Look up when all the way is dark 5
Lord, bless the songs thy people sing 1
Lord, let my eyes be quick to see 2
Lullaby, Lullaby, Angels guard thy sleeping 2
Lying in a manger, see the Child 1
March on, O sons of God 6
Mid the throng in which I'm daily living 3
My Father's house above 3
My heart is singing as the days go by 3
My lifeboat is sailing across the sea of time 3
My Lord has done so much for me, through all the passing days 3
My sins became so heavy 1
My sins, O the peace giving thought 2
My sins were many, without a doubt 3
My soul had long been seeking peace and rest 2
My trust I place now and ever 6
My way was not the right way 3
Myriads of fragrant flowers 2
Name of all the names the dearest 3
Never friendless, I have a wonderful friend 3
Never mind the weather, dark or fair 5
Night is over Now once more 1
No caste nor creed, nor party pride 2
No matter where you may roam, friend, someone cares 2
Nothing have I to offer worth his praise 2
Now Children's Day is over 2
O come and walk with me 2
O for words to sing unto Christ my King 4
O Friend of sinners, I know thy great compassion 3
O garden lowly, earthly yet holy 2
O give ear to our cry O Lord 3
O happy Christian, who knows his sin forgiven 2
O how marvelous, O how wonderful 2
O I'm travelling, hallelujah 2
O joyous bells of Easter morning 2
O let us to the tomb now wend 3
O radiant morn, when Jesus was born 2
O sin of mine, that bowed his head 2
O sinner, your Savior now waiting stands 7
O starry night, with a holy 1
O the joyous greetings we shall see 2
O the wondrous love the Father shows 3
O what a change from a world of despair 7
O what comfort is mine when the love-light I see 2
Over the battlements of heaven 8
O'er the hills and valleys let the tidings fly 2
Over the sea, wild and free comes a call to you and me 2
Oft perplexed by doubt and fear 2
On our way, day by day 1
On the cross my Savior died 1
On the Eastern plain the flocks are sleeping 1
On the mount exalted or in valley low 2
Once so drearily we scanned the cloudy sky 1
Once upon the cross Jesus died for me 2
One more day of service ends 2
Onward, onward, speed thy conq’ring flight 2
Open, O gates of glory 2
Open wide the windows of your soul and find 2
Other folks may not approve me 2
Out on the ocean my frail bark will glide 2
Over all a God of love is reigning 3
Over and over, I'm tempted and tried 2
Over the valleys the shadows fall 2
Praises be to God for I am glory bound 11
Prepare ye for service, put on the Gospel Armor 2
Press on rejoicing for God is your hope 1
Put on the armor of the gospel 1
Rejoice, rejoice, the King 2
Rejoice! The Lord Jehovah reigns 2
Remember thy Creator and learn to heed his word 7
Ring a message far and wide 3
Ring on, O bells of hope 5
Ring, ring, merry, merry bells 2
Ringing sweetly on the quiet air 2
Room for Jesus, can it be 10
Rouse ye O ye freemen 3
Safe in the fold we've gathered the sheep 4
Said Washington to Betsy Ross 5
Say, what means this great commotion 2
See the foe advancing now, ready for the fray 2
See, where the Mighty Victor 2
Send forth the glad evangel 1
Shadows are falling and voices 1
Shepherd divine be thou near us 3
Shine on, starry light 1
Sin may leave its mark on me 3
Sing a song of joy and gladness 2
Sing a song of praise on the cloudy days 1
Sing hosannas to the Living Lord 2
Sing with joy, for the world still awaits to hear 2
Singing to Christ our King as we march along 1
Slumber, Child divine 3
Softly the south winds are sighing 1
Sometimes above the path I tread 2
Sometimes the days seem so dreary 2
Sometimes you grow weary 2
Somewhere on the path of life 3
Song birds come from the south 1
Songbirds come from the south, hasten on your way 1
Sons of God and heirs of heaven 1
Souls are dying everywhere 4
Sowing, sowing, sowing for the Master 3
Star of the Christmas morning 2
Star of the midnight gleaming 2
Storms do not alarm me, they sometime must cease 2
Summer days, filled with praise, Now on earth adoring 1
Summer's gift is with us, joy is all around 1
Sweep on to conquer the unknown world 3
Sweet are the roses of Sharon 5
Sweet is the voice of a mother 1
Take Jesus with you in youth's brightest hours 2
Take your burden to Jesus 4
Tarry with me, my Savior, when the morn breaks 8
The army of the cross advances 4
The bells of heaven in tune with earth 1
The birds have their nests, the blessed Master said 2
The clarion call is ringing clear 2
The clouds may hover over me 1
The day is far spent, O Master 2
The days that glide so swiftly down the highway of the past 2
The golden sands are flowing 3
The heavens are telling the glory of God (Miles) 2
The hills are crowned with roses 3
The hope of the world is Calvary 2
The hope of the world is Jesus 3
The love of the Savior of sinners 5
The Master is come and calleth for thee (Miles) 2
The meadows there are always green 2
The mourners left weeping 5
The night winds are singing 1
The path that I have trod 4
The pathway is often so dreary I scarce can see 2
The Savior stands outside thy door 2
The shadows of the night 2
The story of redemption still is told 2
The strangers to God his grace and his love 4
The sunshine I have found will fill each day with joy 7
The wise men sought him and worshiped at his feet 1
The word came unto Noah, Go and build yourself an ark 2
The word of the Lord can never fail 4
The word that God has given, why should a man deny 4
The world that God has given 2
The youth of every land 3
There are many mansions fair 2
There are many souls in darkness living 2
There are sorrows which for us are hard to bear 3
There are souls that wait for the gospel light 1
There are those who are discouraged 2
There are two ways before me 5
There is a city, bright and fair (Miles) 2
There is a land of wondrous beauty 13
There is a name that is laden with grace 3
There is a Shepherd who cares for His own 39
There is hope, O soul, for you 5
There is no cross now standing on Calvary's hill 3
There is no day so dark, but has its gleam 3
There is no storm where Jesus is 2
There is one who always walks beside me 4
There is one who stands upon the threshold 2
There is one whose love is steadfast ever 1
There may be lands as yet unknown 3
There was a Rose in Sharon growing 2
There's a Friend who waits to save thee 1
There's a happy home my soul shall dwell within 1
There's a land of bliss eternal, Where the saints their Lord behold 1
There's a land of peace and plenty 4
There's a land to which my steps are leading 4
There's a mansion that is waiting over there 3
There's a message borne 2
There's a mighty army marching, which can never be dismayed 1
There's a mother on her knees in prayer 4
There's a name that makes my happiness complete 2
There's a new name written down in glory 2
There's a robe that I shall wear 3
There's a shout in the camp, keep the fires brightly burning 13
There's a wedding feast preparing 3
They crucified him who knew no sin 2
They nailed my Lord upon the tree 7
This is my salvation, Jesus died for me 2
This land through which I journey, is beautiful to me 4
This the morn Christ was born, long ago 2
Though all the world may pass me by 2
Though many, many years may pass away 3
Though the tomb essayed to hold him 4
Thou shalt not have, so says the Lord 6
Though I know I must go through the valley low 2
Though the hand of winter touches hill and plain 2
Though the storms of life may gather 2
Though the world allure with its gilded charm 5
Through the heavy losses, and unyielding crosses 2
Through the Savior, crucified 1
Thy white stars laid in heaven's blue 3
Time stands and waits while we go rushing by 3
'Tis the Lord who redeems us, who has shown the way 3
Toiling, and often weary 2
Trusting in Jesus from day to day 3
Trusting Jesus, trusting every day 1
Trusting though the clouds may gather heavy overhead 2
'Twas love that gave at greatest cost 3
'Twas the life of Christ, my Lord 8
'Twas when I surrendered to Christ my all 2
Una vez perdido vivía yo 2
Unto him who rose in his glory 1
Up Calvary's hill Jesus patiently trod 10
Uplifted high on Calvary across I see 3
Waken O earth, nor silent 1
Walking in the morning bright 12
Walking with Jesus on Emmaus way 2
We are looking upward every day 2
We are marching on to the Glory land, We fear no foe before us 2
We are sailors on the sea of life 1
We are waiting for the dawning of the day 2
We are willing workers, waiting Jesus' call 2
We believe, O Lord, in the Holy Spirit [Ghost] 4
We come, we come, with happy voices singing joyous songs of praise 1
We walk and talk together 4
Weary and wandering and sunken in sin 4
You may look for me, for I'll be there 1



  1. ^ "C.A. Miles, 78, Dies; Wrote 3,000 Hymns; Composer of 'In the Garden,' of Which 3,000,000 Prints Were Made, Sold It for $4", The New York Times, March 12, 1946. Accessed November 10, 2019. "Philadelphia, March 11--C. Austin Miles of Pitman, N.J., author or composer of almost 3,000 hymns, including "In the Garden," died here yesterday in Hahnemann Hospital after a long illness at the age of 78."
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