in the garden

lyrics and music by c. austin miles

In the Garden Lyrics

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.

 

I'd stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

But He bids me go; through the voice of woe

His voice to me is calling.

 

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.

 

 

In the Garden Guitar Chords

 

  G                    

I come to the garden alone

          C                   G   

While the dew is still on the roses

        D                    G     Em  

But the voice I hear falling on my ear

    A             D          

The Son of God discloses.


D      G                    D 

And He walks with me and He talks with me,

       D7                G 

And He tells me I am His own.

        G      G7          C     Cm 

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

     G         D    G       

None other has ever known.

 

Scripture References

  • John 20:11,15,16 - Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb...He asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means "Teacher").

The Story

 

C. Austin Miles lived from 1868 to 1946. He started life as a pharmacist, but wrote his first gospel song when he was 24 years old. His song was published by the Hall-Mack company. Miles gave up his life as a pharmacist and went on to serve as an editor and manager of Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. He was quoted as saying, "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 of my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as I desire."

 

Miles got his wish. Even today, over 60 years after his death, some of his hymns have stood the test of time, from the beautiful "Living in Beulah Land" to the catchy "A New Name in Glory" to the ubiquitous children's song "Wide, Wide as the Ocean." "In the Garden" is one of his most-loved hymns. According to Miles, the original inspiration for the hymn occurred when he read the passage in the gospels where Mary Magdalene encounters Jesus on the morning of the resurrection. Miles felt as if he were standing there witnessing the reunion between Mary and her Lord. Then he thought, "This is not an experience limited to a happening almost 2000 years ago, but it is the daily companionship with the Savior that makes up the Christian's daily walk."

 

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