1 The tho’t that keeps me o’er life’s road
Is “I belong to Jesus;”
And lighter grows for me the load,
Since I belong to Jesus.
He sought me, He bought me, on Calv’ry’s cruel tree,
His life-blood a ransom He freely shed for me;
My talent, my service, my life and daily song,
To Christ my loving Saviour shall ever belong.
2 I’ve nothing for myself to claim,
Yet I belong to Jesus;
All glory to His precious name,
For I belong to Jesus. [Refrain]
3 No moment of my time is mine,
Since I belong to Jesus;
He helps me with His pow’r divine,
Since I belong to Jesus. [Refrain]
4 This tho’t is mine while I shall live,
That I belong to Jesus;
No other can such gladness give,
That I belong to Jesus. [Refrain]
William C. Poole was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. His parents belonged to the Methodist church. He graduated from Washington College and became a Methodist minister in Wilmington, Delaware area. He was pastor of McCabe Memorial, Richardson Park and other churches. In 1913 he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Delaware. He wrote about five hundred hymns. The writing was done as recreation and a diversion from his pastoral work. His goal in writing as well as in being a minister was to help people.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >