1 My soul was in misery, lost in the night, Not a moment I knew of repose; For pleasure of evil had robbed me of sight, Till no light could my visions disclose. Refrain: ‘Twas there that I found a Friend to redeem, My soul by His love for me; ‘Twas there I beheld the wonderful stream, Of Grace flowing full and free. 2 I heard of the Cross upon Calvary’s brown, Where the Christ makes the sightless to see, My heart filled with joy as I tho’t, even now, If I seek He has healing for me. [Refrain] 3 I lifted my eyes to the Savior and cried, “Lord, restore a vile sinner like me,” And there I remained at the Cross where He died, Till by grace I was cleansed and made free. [Refrain] 4 With newness of life now I journey tow’rd home, In the Service of Jesus my King; The message of Calvary bids you to come, If your soul would be happy and sing.
Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles.
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