1865-1916

February 19, 1865, England.

June 24, 1916.

Clinton Grove Cemetery, Malcolm County, Michigan.

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Within sight of the town where John Bunyan, in the solitude of his prison cell, dreamed The Pilgrim’s Progress, Miriam E. Arnold was born about 200 years after that wonderful allegory was written, of which it is said no book, except the Bible, has gone through as many editions.

At five years of age she, with her parents, came to America, and settled at Mount Clemens, [Michigan], where she yet resides. Her parents were deeply religious, bible students and lovers of the old church hymns. The Sabbath meant, to them, a holy day, a day of rest, worship and meditation, and when the evening came, the family always assembled for prayer, bible reading and songs. Christmas, the Heavenly Babe, Mary, the oxen, the shepherds, the sleeping flocks, the angel, the multitude of the heavenly host, all seemed wonderfully real to the imaginative mind of the child, and made impressions never to be erased. She has read the bible through many times, and has recited whole chapters from memory. Converted at 15 years of age, she is a consistent member of the [Methodist Episcopal] church. Her first poem was published in 1895, and has been succeeded by probably 100 others, almost all of which have been set to music and found their way into different song books.

The works of some authors seem to be caught up by the hand of peculiar circumstances and carried into view of the world, while those of other writers, equally as clever and commendable, fail to receive, through some irreconcilable destiny, due consideration. Many an author has lived, labored, hoped, wrought and died without recognition or honor, and the flowers that should have been his in life are laid on his grave to wither unappreciated, yet there is a secret charm, an inexpressible joy, a subtile infatuation in the work of the true poet, composer or litterateur that dispossesses the sting of withheld comfort, pleasure, riches, honor, or fame.

Charles Gabriel
The Singers and Their Songs, 1916

  1. Abide with Me, My Father
  2. As a Little Child
  3. As the Sun Arising Scatters
  4. Be a Voice to Speak for Jesus
  5. Behold the Lamb of God for Sinners Slain
  6. By Faith My Savior Now
  7. Casting All Your Care upon Him
  8. Don’t Forget to Pray
  9. Eye to Eye I Shall Behold My Savior
  10. Far as the East Is from the West
  11. Get Right with God, Dear Sinner
  12. Growing Up for Jesus, in His Vineyard Fair
  13. Have You Found in Christ a Friend?
  14. He Knoweth the Way That I Take
  15. He Will Guide Me with His Counsel
  16. Hitherto Thy Hand Hath Led Me
  17. I Have Found the Loving Jesus
  18. I Would Be a Little Sunbeam
  19. In the Vineyard of the Master
  20. Jesus Wants These Little Feet
  21. Just Where You Are, Shine for Jesus
  22. Moment by Moment, in Touch with Thee
  23. O Love So Great and Wonderful
  24. Saved, Yes, Yes, O Wondrous Word
  25. Stand Firm, My Soul, and Bear the Cross for Jesus
  26. Teach Me to Pray
  27. Thank God for the Bible, the Book That We Love
  28. ’Tis the Loving Savior
  29. To Whom Shall We Go but to Jesus?
  30. We Read in God’s Word of a Scarlet Line
  31. When the Sunlight of the Savior’s Love Shines in
  32. Wonderful Gift
  33. Wonderful Love That the Father