"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.
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."
This old hymn was written in 1912 by C. Austin Miles and was on Elvis' gospel album How Great Thou Art. C. Austin Miles also wrote many other religious songs including ‘Answering Thy Call' and ‘He Is Mine,' but ‘In The Garden' is his best-known piece.
In the book Forty Gospel Hymn Stories, Miles recalls the inspiration for ‘In The Garden.'
"One day in March 1912, I was seated in the darkroom, where I kept my photographic equipment and organ," Miles shares. "I drew my Bible toward me; it opened at my favorite chapter, John 20 – whether by chance or inspiration let each reader decide."
Story Behind The Song ‘In The Garden’
He then goes on to tell a story about his vision where he saw and heard Mary Magdalene crying outside of the tomb of Jesus. He shares how he “became a silent witness to that dramatic moment in Mary’s life, when she knelt before her Lord, and cried, ‘Rabboni!'”
“I awakened in full light, gripping the Bible, with muscles tense and nerves vibrating," Miles said. "Under the inspiration of this vision, I wrote as quickly as the words could be formed the poem exactly as it has since appeared. That same evening, I wrote the music.”
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Elvis recorded Miles' song in 1967, and ‘In The Garden' is now one of America's most popular hymns. The song is great at reminding us that the Lord will always take care of us. He will always be with us as we journey through this life.
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