1 I will not leave you comfortless,
Tho’ I shall go away,
The Comforter shall come to bless,
Forevermore to stay.
“I will not leave you comfortless,”
O precious promise, mine,
I seem to hear the accents fall
From lips of love divine,
O grave, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?
I’ll have no fear, for Christ I know,
His ransomed home will bring.
2 And if I go I shall prepare
For you a dwelling place,
My Father’s house hath mansions fair
For those who trust His grace. [Refrain]
3 “I shall return,” O Lord, how long
Must Thy redeemed await
To hear the angel’s welcome song,
Or pass the heav’nly gate? [Refrain]
Charles Austin Miles (1868-1946)
Born: January 7, 1868, Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Died: March 10, 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, New Jersey.
Pseudonym: A. A. Payn.
Miles attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he abandoned his career as a pharmacist and wrote his first Gospel song, “List ’Tis Jesus’ Voice” which was published by the Hall-Mack Company. He served as editor and manager at the Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. In his own words:
It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most… Go to person page >