[Earthly pleasures vainly call me]

[Earthly pleasures vainly call me]

Composer: B. D. Ackley (1912)
Published in 43 hymnals

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Composer: B. D. Ackley

Bentley DeForrest Ackley was born 27 September 1872 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the brother of A. H. Ackley. In his early years, he traveled with his father and his father's band. He learned to play several musical instruments. By the age of 16, after the family had moved to New York, he began to play the organ for churches. He married Bessie Hill Morley on 20 December 1893. In 1907 he joined the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team as secretary/pianist. He worked for and traveled with the Billy Sunday organization for 8 years. He also worked as an editor for the Homer Rodeheaver publishing company. He composed more than 3000 tunes. He died 3 September 1958 in Winona Hills, In… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: B. D. Ackley (1912)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 33223 32151 21174
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #891
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3189
Text: I Would Be Like Jesus
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 12 of 12)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #891

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Hymns of Faith #360

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #384

Rejoice Hymns #434

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #311

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Sing Joyfully #431


Small Church Music #1287

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #330

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The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #561


The Cyber Hymnal #3189

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #388

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #245

Include 31 pre-1979 instances
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