1887–1960
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January 21, 1887, Spring Hill, Pennsylvania.

July 3, 1960, Whittier, California.

Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.

Alfred was the son of Stanley Frank Ackley and Ophelia A. Cogswell, husband of Helen Armacost, and brother of Bentley Ackley.

He received musical training from his father in New York City and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and became a great cello player. After graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1914, and pastored in Wilkes-Barre and Elmhurst, Pennsylvania, and in Escondido, California. For a few years he worked with evangelist Billy Sunday, and also served as assistant pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He wrote some 1,500 religious and secular songs, and was associated with the Rodeheaver Music Company. John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree.

  1. Abide in Me, the Path I Tread Is Dreary
  2. Agonies of Calvary Could Not His Love Dismay, The
  3. All Day Long the Sweetest Music
  4. All Is Well When I Am Weary
  5. All Sinful and Foolish, My Life
  6. All the Darkness of the Night
  7. All the Savior’s Glory Mind Can Never
  8. All the Way with Jesus
  9. All You Need God Will Do
  10. Among the Friends I Call My Own
  11. Are the Days of Long Ago Far Sweeter?
  12. Are You Tired of Everything?
  13. Around the Cross the Ransomed Stand
  14. As a Tree Beside the Water
  15. At Calvary’s Cross I Met a Friend
  16. At the Cross I Met the Master
  17. At the End of the Road
  18. At the Place of Prayer I Sought Him
  19. Back to the Faith of My Childhood
  20. Back to the Faith of Our Fathers
  21. Be Honest with God
  22. Be Not Discouraged, God Still Is
  23. Beautiful Sabbath, Day of Our Lord
  24. Behold Him Who Walks in the Highway
  25. Believe, to All Who Will Believe
  26. Beyond the Darkness, Past the Shadows Deep
  27. Beyond the Storm Cloud Is the Rainbow
  28. Beyond the Sunset and the Shade
  29. Blessed Fellowship My Soul Has Found, A
  30. Blessed Jesus, O I Need Thee
  31. Bowing Low Beneath the Burden of the Conflict
  32. Buried Deep in the Fountain of Mercy
  33. Can the Lord Use You
  34. Can You Say You Love the Lord?
  35. Carry Me Back to the Love of My Mother
  36. Christ Came to His Own, but They Spurned Him
  37. Christ Jesus Is Mine, Mine Forever
  38. Christ Loved Me, This Is the Reason
  39. Christ We Forget, The
  40. Christian, Rejoice, for the Lord Will Return
  41. Clouds of Grief O’ershadow the Sky, The
  42. Coming Home
  43. Could a Little Bit of Sunshine
  44. Darkest Day Is Filled with Light, The
  45. Days Are Filled with Gladness
  46. Do a Deed of Kindness Every Morning
  47. Do Not Turn Away from One Who Loves You
  48. Each Moment Is a Jewel Rare
  49. Earthly Joys May Fail and Perish
  50. Every Day I Need Thee More and More
  51. Everybody Ought to Love My Savior
  52. Face to Face His Spirit Brings Us
  53. Faith Will Remove the Mountain
  54. Father in Heaven, Inspire Our Poor Sight
  55. For Service I Am Set Apart
  56. Forgotten, the Vow You Made to Jesus
  57. Forth from the King’s Eternal Throne
  58. Friend, You Need the Savior
  59. Give Me Thyself That I May Have
  60. Go Forth to Serve, as Jesus Went
  61. God Calls unto the Harvest Field
  62. God Care for Me, Should I Be Caring
  63. God Has a Garden Where He
  64. God Has Not Forgotten
  65. God Is Good, He Sends the Rain
  66. God Knows All About You
  67. God Never Disappoints
  68. God of the Living Church Empower
  69. God’s Tomorrow
  70. Grace, Free Grace, Is the Promise of God
  71. Have You Any Burdens?
  72. Have You Ever Thought There Is One Who Knows?
  73. Have You Set Your Face Towards Zion?
  74. He Lives
  75. He Reaches Out a Wounded Hand
  76. He Will Not Let Me Fall
  77. Heartaches
  78. Help Me, Dear Lord, to Walk Today
  79. He’s a Friend Above All
  80. His Love Is Far Better Than Gold
  81. His Love Is Greater Than My Sin
  82. How Could Christ Love Such a World?
  83. How Do I Know That My Lord Is Divine?
  84. I Am Amazed That God Could Ever Love Me
  85. I Am Coming Home
  86. I Am Happy in the Love of Jesus
  87. I Am Living Each Day as I Journey Below
  88. I Am Waiting for the Hour
  89. I Believe That Jesus Saves Me
  90. I Can Find Him Everywhere
  91. I Could Never Get Along Without Him
  92. I Do Not Ask for Diadem or Scepter
  93. I Entered by the Door of Faith
  94. I Feel the Waves of Glory
  95. I Have a Dream Within My Heart
  96. I Have a Friend Who Abides in My Heart
  97. I Have a Friend Who Cared Enough for Me
  98. I Have a Friend Who Cares for Me
  99. I Have a Friend Who Is Able to Save
  100. I Have Found a Great Salvation
  101. I Have Found a Wondrous Savior
  102. I Have Found Rest in My Wonderful Lord
  103. I Have Found the Blessing
  104. I Hear a Voice So Soft and Low
  105. I Know an All Sufficient Savior
  106. I Love Him Each Day Far Better
  107. I Love Thy House, O Lord Most High
  108. I Love to Hear My Savior’s Voice
  109. I Love to Think That He
  110. I Never Walk Alone
  111. I Often Stop and Wonder Why
  112. I Own Not the Riches of Silver or Gold
  113. I Shall Dwell Forever There
  114. I Shall Be Ready to Welcome the Savior
  115. I Sing You the Song of a Wonderful Friend
  116. I Stand at the Dawn of a Beautiful Day
  117. I Think of Thee, O Blessed Savior
  118. I Want Jesus
  119. I Want to Live Like Jesus Lived
  120. If We Only Knew the Joys That We Have Missed
  121. I Will Trust Him
  122. If You Are Weary of Sin, There Is Rest
  123. If You Have a Friend in Sorrow
  124. If You Have a Load of Trouble
  125. If You Love Him, You Will Always Speak for Jesus
  126. If You Only Knew His Love for You
  127. If You Walk in the Vale of Sorrow
  128. If You Want to Be Happy, Take Jesus
  129. If You Want to Know the Savior
  130. If You Want to Know the Secret of the Beauty
  131. I’ll Tell to All That God Is Love
  132. I’m One of His Own, by Purchase
  133. In His Ocean of Love with My Lord
  134. In the Dear Name of Jesus Christ
  135. In the Highway of His Love
  136. In the Morning I See His Face
  137. In the Morning, Lord I Come
  138. In the Service of the King
  139. In the Winter’s Snow, So Soft and White
  140. Is It Far to the Cross Where the Savior Died?
  141. Is the Christ That You Worship
  142. Is There a Friend Who Knows All of My Sorrows?
  143. I’ve Found a Refuge Where None Can Molest
  144. Jehovah Is Thy God!
  145. Jesus Has Promised to Save You from Sin
  146. Jesus Has Promised Your Needs to Supply
  147. Jesus Hides Me in the Storm of Evil
  148. Jesus Is the Joy of Living
  149. Jesus Is with Me
  150. Jesus, My Savior, the Son of God
  151. Jesus, the Meek and Mild
  152. Just Be Thankful for the Little Things of Life
  153. Keep in Step with Jesus
  154. King of My Heart Is Jesus, The
  155. Knowing but Jesus, His Cross and His Glory
  156. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  157. Lest I Lose My Way and Wander
  158. Let God Use You to Tell the Old, Old Story
  159. Let Me Shelter Thee, Thou Canst Not Live Apart
  160. Let the Church March on Thru a Sin-Cursed World
  161. Life Was Meant to Be a Time of Joy and Beauty
  162. Lift Up My Soul, O Lord I Come Confessing
  163. Listening at the Heart’s Door
  164. Lo the Land of Promises Lies Before Us
  165. Lonely the Grave Where Jesus Lies
  166. Long Have I Tried to Still the Raging Tide
  167. Longing for Pardon I Seek Thee My Savior
  168. Love Lighted Cross Never Loses Its Glow, The
  169. Love Opened Wide the Door
  170. Make Christ King of Men and Nations
  171. March On, Ye Soldiers of the Cross
  172. Master Knows How Weary Grows the Path, The
  173. Meet Him at the Cross
  174. Mine, a Savior Who Is All Sufficient
  175. More Than You Know
  176. More Than You Will Ever Know
  177. Morning with Jesus When Labor Is Ended
  178. My Confidence in Jesus Grows Stronger Every Day
  179. My Heart Belongs to Jesus
  180. My Heart Overflows
  181. My Life Is Full of Glory
  182. My Mother
  183. My Soul Was in Misery
  184. My Yesterday
  185. Never Give Up, Never Give Up
  186. Night Her Silver Veil Is Wearing
  187. No More Burdens, No More Heartaches
  188. No More Weeping o’er My Sin
  189. No Shades of Night to Lure from Right
  190. No Shadow of Turning in Jesus
  191. No Welcome Gave a Dying World
  192. O Blest Memorial of Love That Never Fails
  193. O Come and Bow Before Him
  194. O List the Story That Never Grows Old
  195. O Make Me Free, My Blessed Savior
  196. O Son of God, Whence Are Those Tears
  197. O Son of God Who Died for Us
  198. O the Height I Cannot Measure
  199. O the Moments of Joy When My Soul Shall Take Wings
  200. O to Be Alone with Jesus
  201. O to Be There, Where the Songs of Glory
  202. O What Pain Your Heart Has Suffered
  203. O Why Do Wander in Sorrow?
  204. Once the Sun Was Never Shining
  205. Only a Smile That Is Cheery and Bright
  206. Only in Jesus, the Crucified Savior
  207. Out of the Depths, Poor, Wretched, Blind
  208. Pardoning Grace
  209. Peace I Received When He Saved Me, The
  210. Perfect Day Is Coming By and By, A
  211. Plain Is the Path Where Jesus Is Leading
  212. Praise Ye the God of Heaven
  213. Precious Redeemer in Jesus I Find, A
  214. Read Your Bible
  215. Repent! ’Tis the Voice of Jesus
  216. Rock Ribbed Hills of Doubt I Tread, The
  217. Savior Left His Father’s House of Light, The
  218. Scenes of Beauty Greet Me
  219. Shadows of Evening Around Us Are Falling, The
  220. Sin Has Left Me Sore
  221. Sing Me a Song of Jesus
  222. So Dear to Me Is Jesus
  223. Soft and Low, Soft and Low
  224. Some Blessed Day My Cherished Dreams Shall Be
  225. Somebody Knows
  226. Somehow I Know That Christ Is Mine
  227. Somehow the Savior Seems a Little Nearer
  228. Someone Is Here with a Burden
  229. Stand Fast in the Faith of the Crucified
  230. Stand for the Right, the Right
  231. Sweetly Abiding, Kept by His Power
  232. Take Me Just as I Am, My Savior
  233. Take Up Thy Cross
  234. Teach Me to Pray, Lord, Humbly to Plead
  235. Tell the World There Is a Savior
  236. That Wonderful City Called Heaven
  237. There Are Many Hearts Nearly Broken
  238. There Are Many Troubles That Will Burst Like Bubbles
  239. There Are Shadows of Sorrow That Darken Life’s Way
  240. There Are Stormy Days of Trouble
  241. There Came to the Earth a Pilgrim
  242. There Is a Face Divinely Fair
  243. There Is a Guide That Never Falters
  244. There Is Good News for All the Distressed
  245. There Is Music in the Air
  246. There Is One Who Knows All About You
  247. There Is Only One Name That Can Satisfy Men
  248. There Is Only One Way to the Savior
  249. There Is Power in the Cross of Jesus
  250. There Shall Be No Tears
  251. There Was No One to Take My Place
  252. There’ll Be Light in the Sky
  253. There’s a Burden You Never Can Carry Alone
  254. There’s a Garden of Memory Kissed by the Sun
  255. There’s a Land Where the Birds Are Ever Singing
  256. There’s a New Day Dawning (1923)
  257. There’s a Rainbow in the Sky
  258. There’s a Rainbow Shining
  259. There’s a Savior Who Walks by My Side All the Way
  260. There’s a Song in My Heart, ’Tis Jesus
  261. Though You Have Fallen on Life’s Way
  262. Through All the Shadows
  263. Through Life’s Pilgrim Way
  264. To My Soul Christ Came with Healing
  265. Today I Need Thy Guiding Hand
  266. Tongue Can Never Tell How Much I Love Him
  267. Trust in the Lord, ’Tis the Joy of Living
  268. ’Twill Not Be Long Till All the Shadows
  269. Upon a Hill Before Me, a Blood Stained Cross I See
  270. Vain Regrets of Yesterday, The
  271. Wanderer with Broken Heart, A
  272. Way of Sin Is Filled with Pain, The
  273. We Forget Him in the Rounds of Pleasure
  274. We Owe Allegiance to a King
  275. We Shall Always Be Happy Over There
  276. We Shall Travel with the King
  277. We Will Wait for the Coming of Jesus
  278. Wealth of All Heaven Is Mine, The
  279. What Great Compassion Christ Has Shown
  280. What Is Your Life When by God’s Standard Measured
  281. What Nobler Deed Was Ever Wrought
  282. What Though the Way to Glory
  283. What Will You Do When the Judge Appears?
  284. What Will You Give to Jesus?
  285. What Would We Do Without the Clouds?
  286. Whatever Life May Bring You
  287. What’s the Use of Our Complaining?
  288. What’s the Use of Sighing?
  289. When Dreams of Glory Fade from My Sight
  290. When God Is Near, with Light My Path Is Glowing
  291. When I Depart, I Want Some Friend
  292. When I Have Finished My Pilgrimage Here
  293. When I Made a Full Surrender
  294. When I Recalled How I Had Spurned His Love
  295. When I See the King
  296. When I Think of the Love of My Savior
  297. When I’m with Him
  298. When It’s Raining and the Sun Is Shining
  299. When Jesus Shall Appear
  300. When Jesus Was a Child Like Me
  301. When Mine Eyes Behold the King in His Glory
  302. When Our Race Is Run
  303. When the Days Are Dark and Long
  304. When the Life Is Torn with Sorrow
  305. When the Sun Goeth Down
  306. When the World Forgets
  307. When You Know My Blessed Savior
  308. When Your Heart Is Aching, Turn to Jesus
  309. Whenever You Are Tempted
  310. Who Can Tell How Great the Love Christ Reveals?
  311. Who Knows?
  312. Who Will Be a Witness?
  313. Wilderness of Sin I Roamed, The
  314. With Sorrow and Woe I Was Cruelly Crowned
  315. Within My Heart I Hold a Fadeless Memory
  316. Wonderful
  317. Wonderful Birth, to a Manger
  318. Won’t You Come Now and Give All to the Savior
  319. World Needs a Friend Like Jesus, The
  320. Ye Who the Love of a Mother Have Known
  321. You Can Be a Blessing If You Will
  322. You Can Know Him Now
  323. You Can Know Jesus and Love Him Today
  324. You Cannot Hide from God
  325. You May Have Your Doubts of Heaven
  326. You Must Do Something
  1. Neither Height, Nor Depth, Nor Breadth

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