1 To my memory comes a vision
That my heart can ne’er forget,
Of my mother, with her tender care for me,
For the face of years forgotten
Still remains, I see it yet,
And her brow reflects the light of Calvary.
And the teardrops, how they glistened!
When she told me of His love,
How the tender Shepherd came to seek the lost,
O’er the mountain, thro’ the valley,
Every footprint stained with blood,
Till He purchased my Redemption on the cross.
2 ‘Twas the voice of my dear mother,
Full of love and sympathy,
That so often cheered my heart when sad and lone,
For I felt the need of Jesus,
And her constant pray’r for me
Led my wandering footsteps to my Father’s home. [Refrain]
3 Though my mother has departed,
Still I feel her spirit near,
As she pleads before the Heav’nly Father’s throne,
And her pray’rs my life shall answer
For I long to meet her there,
And to see the Christ who bought me for His own. [Refrain]
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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