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[I was once a sinner, but I came]

[I was once a sinner, but I came]

Composer: C. Austin Miles (1905)
Published in 33 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles USA 1868-1946. Born at Lakehurst, NJ, he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of PA. He became a pharmacist. He married Bertha H Haagen, and they had two sons: Charles and Russell. In 1892 he abandoned his pharmacy career and began writing gospel songs. At first he furnished compositions to the Hall-Mack Publishing Company, but soon became editor and manager, where he worked for 37 years. He felt he was serving God better in the gospel song writing business, than as a pharmacist. He published the following song books: “New songs of the gospel” (1900), “The service of praise” (1900), “The voice of praise” (1904), “The tribute of song” (1904), “New songs of the gospel… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [I was once a sinner, but I came]
Composer: C. Austin Miles (1905)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55556 51232 22223
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Piano Duet+: Piano Duet Two Pianos

  • Two by Two: Four Hands at Two Pianos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonam
    Published By: SoundForth (2000) pp. 1

Organ Solo

  • The Organ Music of Diane Bish: The American Collection
    Composer/Editor Diane Joyce Bish
    Published By: Tarzana Music (2007) pp. 6
  • The Joy of Music Volume 2: Organ Settings of Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Diane Joyce Bish
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1997) pp. 32

Piano Solo

  • Ragtime Gospel Hymns
    Composer/Editor Steven K. Tedesco
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2008) pp. 30
  • May Jesus Christ be Praised!: Inspirational Settings for the Piano Soloist
    Composer/Editor Marilynn Joy Ham
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2002) pp. 26
  • Rags to Riches: Hymns & Gospel Songs a la Ragtime
    Composer/Editor Jolene Boyd
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1998) pp. 34
  • Piano Solos by W. Elmo Mercer
    Composer/Editor W. Elmo Mercer
    Published By: Stamps-Baxter Music (1986) pp. 14

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Hymns: 150 Beloved Hymns Piano / Vocal /Guitar
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2008) pp. 204


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #577
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4531
Text: A New Name in Glory
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 10 of 10)
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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #616

Celebremos Su Gloria #333


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #577

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Hymns of Faith #189

Rejoice Hymns #623

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Sacred Selections for the Church #568


Small Church Music #885


The Celebration Hymnal #521

The Christian Life Hymnal #266


The Cyber Hymnal #4531

Include 23 pre-1979 instances
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