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Ida Lilliard Reed was born 11/30/1865, near Ar­den, in Bar­bour Co., West Virginia.  She is said to have writ­ten some 2,000 hymns in her life­time.  In 1939, the Amer­i­can So­ci­e­ty of Com­pos­ers, Au­thors and Pub­lish­ers re­cog­nized her “sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to Amer­i­can mu­sic” by award­ing her a small “week­ly bo­nus.”  She July 8, 1951, at her home town of Ar­den.  She is primarily remembered today for her 1896 song “I Belong to the King.”

 

I belong to the King; I’m a child of His love,

I shall dwell in His palace so fair,

For He tells of its bliss in yon heaven above,

And His children in splendor shall share.

Refrain

I belong to the King; I’m a child of His love,

And he never forsaketh His own.

He will call me some day to His palace above;

I shall dwell by His glorified throne.

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I belong to the King, I’m a child of His love,

I shall dwell in His palace so fair;

For He tells of its bliss in yon heaven above,

And His children its splendors shall share.

 

Refrain:

I belong to the King, I’m a child of His love,

And He never forsaketh His own;

He will call me some day to His palace above,

I shall dwell by His glorified throne.

 

I belong to the King, and He loves me I know,

For His mercy and kindness, so free,

Are unceasingly mine, wheresoever I go,

And my refuge unfailing is He.

 

 I belong to the King, and His promise is sure,

That we all shall be gathered at last

In His kingdom above, by life’s waters so pure,

When this life with its trials is past.

 

 

Ida Lilliard Reed was born this date, 11/30/1865, near Ar­den, Bar­bour Co., West Virginia.  It is reported that she penned some 2,000 hymns in her life­time – probably her best known today being, “I Belong to the King” (1896).  Reed died 7/8/1951, at Ar­den, West Virginia.

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