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In sorrow I wandered, my spirit oppressed,
But now I am happy—securely I rest;
From morning till evening glad carols I sing,
And this is the reason—I walk with the King.

 

Refrain

I walk with the King, hallelujah!
I walk with the King, praise His Name!
No longer I roam, my soul faces home,
I walk and I talk with the King.

 

2. For years in the fetters of sin I was bound,
The world could not help me—no comfort I found;
But now like the birds and the sunbeams of spring,
I’m free and rejoicing—I walk with the King.

 

3. O soul near despair in the lowlands of strife,
Look up and let Jesus come into your life;
The joy of salvation to you He would bring—
Come into the sunlight and walk with the King.

                                                – words by James Rowe, cir­ca 1913.

                                                – music B. D. Ackley

 

Bentley DeForest Ackley was born this date, 9/27/1872at Spring Hill, Pennsylvania.  As a youth he was able to play the me­lo­de­on, pi­ano, cor­o­net, clar­i­net and pic­co­lo.  He became a noted Christian musician, after escaping the pull of alcohol, joined the Billy Sun­day-Homer Rodeheaver team, and wrote some hymns.  He is primarily remembered as com­pos­er – having written over 3,000 Gos­pel tunes.  Bentley Ackley died9/3/1958, at Winona Lake, Indiana.

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