C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles (January 7, 1868 – March 10, 1946) was a prolific American writer of gospel songs, who is best known for his 1912 hymn "In the Garden".

He studied at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1892, he ceased to practice as a pharmacist. His first gospel song, "List! ’Tis Jesus’ Voice", was published by the Hall-Mack Company. He worked as editor and manager at Hall-Mack for 37 years. He is buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sewell, NJ.

He said, "It is as a writer of gospel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most use to my Master, whom I serve willingly although not as efficiently as is my desire". He wrote at least 398 songs, and the music to at least 8 more.

His best-known song may be "In the Garden" (1912); sometimes known by its first line, "I Come to the Garden Alone". It has been included in 210 hymnals, and recorded numerous times.

A resident of Pitman, New Jersey, Miles died on March 10, 1946, at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 7, 1868 (Lakehurst), Died March 10, 1946 (Philadelphia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 5300 10-in. 1/18/1917 In the garden Apollo Quartet of Boston Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 11146 10-in. 8/4/1926 In the garden MacDowell Sisters Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 19033 10-in. 2/6/1929 In the garden Thomas Muir Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison N-724 10-in. 2/6/1929 In the garden Thomas Muir Male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Miles, C. Austin," accessed December 2, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105474.

Miles, C. Austin. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 2, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105474.

"Miles, C. Austin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 2 December 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105474

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