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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Composer Bio Information

Ackley, Bentley DeForest's bio information

Friday, September 27, 1872 - Wednesday, September 3, 1958

Born: September 27, 1872, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was brother to Alfred Ackley.
Died: September 3, 1958, Winona Lake, Indiana.
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana. Homer Rodeheaver lies nearby.

Ackley showed musical talent early, learning the melodeon, piano, coronet, clarinet and piccolo as a boy. After moving to New York City in 1888, he began playing the organ in several churches. In 1907, he joined the Billy Sunday-Homer Rodeheaver evangelism team as secretary-pianist, and traveled with them for eight years. As a composer and editor with the Rodeheaver Company, he wrote over 3,000 Gospel tunes. His works include:

Best Temperance Songs (Chicago, Illinois:
The Glad Tidings Publishing Company, 1913) (music editor)


Behold, He Cometh
By and By
Coming Home
Hark! I Hear My Name
Have You Prayed It Through?
He Rose Triumphantly (© 1944)
He Will Not Let Me Fall
How You Will Love Him!
I Am Coming Home
I Love Jesus
I Shall Dwell Forever There
I Walk with the King
I Want Jesus (© 1933)
If Thou Shalt Confess
I Would Be Like Jesus
If Your Heart Keeps Right
In the Service of the King
Meet Your Troubles with a Smile (© 1933)
More Than These
Once My Way Was Dark and Dreary
Pardoning Grace
Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
Shout and Sing
Somebody Else Needs a Blessing
Somebody Knows
There Is Joy in Serving Jesus (1931)
There’s a Rainbow Shining Somewhere (© 1939)
There Will I Follow Thee
This My Plea
Where the Cross Is Leading
Who Will Open Mercy’s Door?


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