Keeping the Hymns Close By

I Am His and He Is Mine

Author – George Wade Robinson, 1838 – 1877
Composer – James Mountain, 1844 – 1933

Composed in 1876

Your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

George Wade Robinson was born in Cork, Ireland in 1838. He attended Trinity College in Dublin, and New College, St. John’s Wood, London. He pastored churches in Dublin and London, and then in the seacoast community of Brighton. He enjoyed writing poetry, and three volumes were published: Iona and Other Sonnets, Loveland, and Songs in God’s World. This poem is the only one that has endured the generations.

James Mountain (used by permission from hymnary.org”)

James Mountain was born in Yorkshire, England in 1844. He attended several colleges in England and pastored a church at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He was greatly influenced by the Moody-Sankey evangelistic campaigns in the early 1870s in London. Mountain later devoted his life to the work of evangelism. He left the field due to ill health, but then conducted evangelism campaigns in Britain from 1874 to 1884 and then worldwide from 1882 to 1889. Mountain also composed the tunes for “Like a River Glorious”, and “Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting.

“I Am His and He Is Mine” is listed in some hymnals as “Loved with Everlasting Love.” The hymn first appeared in Mountain’s collection, Hymns of Consecration and Faith, published in 1876. He also published “Sacred Songs for Missions, Prayer and Praise Meetings.”

This hymn of assurance reminds us in the second verse of the freshness that fills our hearts when we trust Christ as our Savior. The words say:

Heav’n above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green!
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen;
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as I now know, I am His, and He is mine.

These words by Robinson may have been inspired by D.L Moody’s testimony that he shared in the evangelistic services in 1873 in England and Ireland. Compare this verse to what Moody later wrote about his conversion as a teenager in Boston:

I remember the morning on which I came out of my room after I had first trusted Christ. I thought the old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before—I thought it was just smiling upon me; and as I walked out upon Boston Common and heard the birds singing in the trees I thought they were all singing a song to me. Do you know, I fell in love with the birds? I had never cared for them before. It seemed to me that I was in love with all creation. I had not a bitter feeling against any man

The presence of Christ in our lives makes the sun brighter, the sky bluer, the grass greener, the birds sweeter, and the flowers lovelier—since we know, as now we know, that “I am His, and He is mine.”

Taken from Then Sings My Soul Keepsake Edition by Robert J. Morgan Copyright © 2011 Robert J. Morgan. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson | Taken from Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright © 1990, 2002 by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.