[Earthly pleasures vainly call me]

[Earthly pleasures vainly call me]

Composer: B. D. Ackley (1912)
Published in 81 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

Title: [Earthly pleasures vainly call me]
Composer: B. D. Ackley (1912)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 33223 32151 21174
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Organ Solo

  • Clayton's Organ Melodies No. 1: A Collection of Beloved Hymns and Gospel Songs
    Composer/Editor Norman J. Clayton
    Published By: The Rodeheaver Company (1964) pp. 8
  • Organ Hymn Tunes No. 2: Preludes, Interludes, Voluntaries
    Composer/Editor George S. Schuler
    Published By: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company (1960) pp. 28
  • Sacred Songs for Organ: For Hammond and Pipe Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter P. Slack
    Published By: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company (1957) pp. 4

Piano Solo

  • Quiet Time Piano Volume Three Golden Memories: Simply Beautiful Arrangements for Private Moments of Inspiration & Relaxation
    Composer/Editor Dick Bolks
    Published By: Jolica Music (1990) pp. 16
  • Clayton Piano Melodies No. 3
    Composer/Editor Norman J. Clayton
    Published By: Norman Clayton Publishing Company (1968) pp. 19


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)


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