Only shadows

There are shadows of sorrow that darken life's way

Author: A. H. Ackley
Tune: [There are shadows of sorrow that darken] (Ackley)
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 There are shadows of sorrow that darken life’s way,
They are only shadows,
But behind the dark shadows shines love’s kindly ray,
They are only shadows.

Do not doubt, do not fear,
When the shadows appear,
Just remember that dark lonely shadows
Cannot hide God’s dear face
If we trust in His grace,
They are only shadows.

2 There are shadows of fear bringing tho’ts that dismay,
They are only shadows,
If we walk in His love they will all pass away,
They are only shadows. [Refrain]

3 There are shadows of doubt that steal into our mind,
They are only shadows,
If we look to the cross blest assurance we find,
They are only shadows. [Refrain]

4 There are shadows of death that are black with despair,
They are only shadows,
For Christ Jesus, the Light of the world, will be there,
They are only shadows. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs for Service #141

Author: A. H. Ackley

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. Dianne Shapiro (from by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There are shadows of sorrow that darken life's way
Title: Only shadows
Author: A. H. Ackley
Refrain First Line: Do not doubt, do not fear
Copyright: Public Domain



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