1859, Saginaw County, Michigan.


Mrs. Ida M. Budd first opened her eyes in a log cabin, in Sa­gin­aw Co[unty], Mi­chi­gan, in 1859. When she was three years of age her parents moved to Mil­ford, Mich., where from earliest recollection she drank deeply of the natural beauties in which the place and its vicinity abounded; made friends of the trees and their feathered denizens; of the hills, the Hur­on river and the small creek which flowed past her home to join it; traced pictures in the drifting clouds and became, indeed, a child of nature.

Co-ordinate with her love of nature, became her love of books. From the time I had my first knowledge of an institution called school, she writes, I felt an ardent longing to be part of it. In her fifth year she was permitted to be a visitor at school, and during that wonderful morning, at that early age, the answer to the perplexing question concerning her life-occupation was charmingly unfolded to her—she would be a school teacher. At ten years she began her studies. At fifteen, although hampered by ill health, she received her first teacher’s certificate.

Her father’s return from the [Amer­i­can civil] war in 1865, bringing with him his copy of The Army and Navy Hymn Book awakened her first interest in hymnology and she speedily obtained mental possession of such treasures as Je­sus, Lover of My Soul, Rock of Ages, etc. singular mental food for a child of six years, at which time she first attended Sun­day school and became the owner of a song book, Happy Voic­es, all her very own.

As a child she scribbled verses, but as years passed she became familiar with the masterpieces of American poets, such as Evan­gel­ine, Hi­a­wa­tha, Bitter Sweet, and others, which convinced her that the mystic spirit which produced them resided, in some degree, in her own being.

Her first poem was printed in 1881; her second in 1890, in the De­troit Free Press under a nom de plume. As a writer of verse for children she has few equals, and no superior, and it gives me pleasure to know that I composed the music for her first and many subsequent poems of childhood, some of which have been reprinted in foreign lands.

Her best known hymn, perhaps, is Leaving All to Follow Je­sus. John G. Whit­tier, with his simple, trusting faith in the Eternal Goodness, has furnished much of the inspiration for her work, and since her first acquaintance with his writings he has been her favorite poet. The Youth’s Companion paid her $20.00 for her poem Resur­gam, printed in the Eas­ter number for 1904. Her writings include a number of short stories, sketches, and miscellaneous articles. These waifs of mine, she writes, have brought me many delightful friendship and a big account in the bank of happy memories, and I am led thankfully to believe that they have also, in some instances at least, been helpful to others.

Charles H. Gab­ri­el
The Singers and Their Songs, 1916

  1. All the Palace Gates Are Open
  2. Are We Willing to Walk with Jesus?
  3. At the Portals of Your Heart
  4. Awake, Thou Who Long Hast Been
  5. Beneath a Lofty Stack of Hay
  6. Brightly Gleams the Radiant Banner
  7. By Faith the Wounded Christ
  8. Christ Is My Savior
  9. Do We Want to Go to Heav’n?
  10. Eternal Is the Faithful Word
  11. Far Away upon the Mountain
  12. Forward, Christian Soldier True
  13. Friendship of Jesus, The
  14. Full Moon Has Hung Her Great Lamp, The
  15. Full Oft Have I Said It That Jesus Is Mine
  16. Glad All the Day
  17. How Can I Come to the Savior?
  18. I Am Glad the Blest Assurance
  19. I Don’t Know When First I Met
  20. I Heard the Voice of Many Angels
  21. I See You, Little Blossoms
  22. If We Could but Surely Know
  23. If We Could, If We Could Know
  24. In Heathen Countries Far Away
  25. In the Dawning of the Morning
  26. Jesus the Living Vine Is
  27. Leaving All to Follow Jesus
  28. Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
  29. Little Feet So Weak and Tender
  30. Lord, My Heart Is Weak
  31. My Heart Is Filled with Joy, for Christ My Savior
  32. My Heart Is Filled with Joy Today
  33. O Christ, My Lord, Thou Art My Life
  34. O Say, Can You See by the Radiant Light?
  35. O Soul Astray and Weary with Wand’ring?
  36. O Wand’rer from the Savior’s Fold
  37. O’er the Trackless Deep
  38. On the Highway of the King
  39. On the Mighty Rock of Ages
  40. One by One, Earth’s Treasures Perish
  41. One Day a Little Fluffy Owl
  42. Out from the Depths to Thee I Cry
  43. Over the Mountain Rugged and Cheerless
  44. Sad Hearts, Forget Your Doubts and Fears
  45. Sometime, I Cannot Tell How Soon
  46. Soul, Wake from Thy Sleeping
  47. Such a Lovely Thing Happened One Night
  48. Such a Pretty Round Moon
  49. The Lord Has Need of Workers
  50. There Will Be Singing and Great Rejoicing
  51. There’s a Joy That Consoles Me
  52. Thou Who Art Lost in the Mazes of Sin
  53. Tiny Little Snowflakes
  54. Toiler in the Harvest Field
  55. Trust Ye in the Lord Your God
  56. Upon the Rock, the Solid Rock
  57. Walking Each Day in the Heavenly Light
  58. We Are Little Pilgrims
  59. We Are Little Travelers
  60. We Are Loyal Christian Soldiers
  61. We Are Marching Onward
  62. What a Funny Little Noise
  63. When the Cares of Life Are Ended
  64. When the Sun Is Shining Bright in the Clear
  65. Why Idle Rests the Hand Today?