Born: Au­gust 31, 1861, Hi­ram, Ohio.

Died: March 3, 1921, Hi­ram, Ohio.

Buried: Fair­view Ce­me­te­ry, Hir­am, Ohio.


Jessie was the wife of John Ed­win Pounds, pas­tor of the Cen­tral Chris­tian Church in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na (mar­ried 1896).

She was in poor health as a child, and re­ceived her ear­ly ed­u­ca­tion at home. At age 15, she be­gan sub­mit­ting ar­ti­cles to Cleve­land news­pa­pers and var­i­ous re­li­gious pub­li­ca­tions. In her ear­ly years, an ed­it­or com­ment­ed that some of her po­et­ry would make good hymn texts.

So be­gan her song writ­ing ca­reer. Ov­er her life­time, Pounds wrote 50 li­bret­tos for can­ta­tas and op­er­et­tas, 9 books, and more than 400 Gos­pel songs. She col­lab­or­at­ed with James Fill­more for three de­cades.

Her works in­clude:

  1. Advance, O Jun­ior Ar­my!
  2. Afar o’er the Hills
  3. All My Life I Give to Him
  4. All Pow­er and Praise to Je­sus
  5. All the Way Home
  6. Alone at the Beau­ti­ful Gate
  7. America Be­loved
  8. America for Christ
  9. Anywhere with Je­sus
  10. Anywhere with Je­sus I’ll Be Safe
  11. Are You Build­ing on the Rock?
  12. Are You Com­ing to Jesus To­night?
  13. Are You Liv­ing on the Up­lands?
  14. Art Thou Sad­dened?
  15. At the Won­drous Tem­ple
  16. Back from the Long Ago
  17. Be Glad That the Suns­hine Is Some­where
  18. Be True to the Best You Know
  19. Beautiful Home­land
  20. Beautiful Isle of Some­where
  21. Blessed Cross of Je­sus, The
  22. Calling Me ov­er the Tide
  23. Can It Be?
  24. Can It Be That Our Fa­ther in Hea­ven
  25. Can Ye Not Watch One Lit­tle Hour?
  26. Can You Sing a Song?
  27. Challenge Thy Peo­ple
  28. Chief in Ten Thou­sand, The
  29. Christ All in All
  30. Christ for the World
  31. Christ Is Lead­ing On
  32. Christ Is Mine
  33. Christ Is the Best
  34. City of Dreams, The
  35. Clasp My Hand in Thine
  36. Climbing Up­ward
  37. Closer to the Cross
  38. Columbia, the Strong to De­li­ver
  39. Come In­side the Gate
  40. Come Ov­er and Help Us
  41. Dare to Show Your Col­ors
  42. Dear Is the Hope That the Gos­pel Re­veals
  43. Do Some­thing for Je­sus
  44. Do You Love Me More Than These?
  45. Do You See the Bea­con Gleam­ing?
  46. Drifting Down
  47. Drop the An­chor of Hope
  48. Fair Land, for Which My Spir­it
  49. Father Has Wel­come for All, The
  50. Few Brief Years For­ev­er­more, A
  51. For Our Need­ed Dai­ly Bread
  52. Forbid That We For­get
  53. Forth to the Con­flict
  54. Friends Who Have Loved Me
  55. From a Ves­sel in Mid Ocean
  56. Gates Are Ajar for Thee, The
  57. Gifts of God, The
  58. Go Forth, Go Forth
  59. Go Forth to the Reap­ing
  60. Go Ye in­to All the World
  61. God Can Hear My In­fant Pray­er
  62. God of the Har­vest, Prais­es to Thee
  63. God’s Man­sions Are Op­en
  64. Going On
  65. Happy Songs of Ju­bi­lee
  66. Hark, the Ju­bi­lant Songs of the Child­ren
  67. Haven of the Soul, The
  68. He Com­eth, the Shi­loh Ex­pect­ed Long
  69. He Is Com­ing
  70. He Set the Task for Me
  71. Hear Us While We Pray
  72. Heart to Heart and Hand in Hand
  73. Heaven Af­ter Earth
  74. Help Me, Lord, to Look to Thee
  75. Holy Fa­ther, Be Thou Nigh
  76. How Do You Do?
  77. I Am Afraid to Walk Alone
  78. I Am Dream­ing Now of Hea­ven
  79. I Am Go­ing on with Je­sus
  80. I Can­not Keep from Sing­ing
  81. I Know That My Re­deem­er Liv­eth
  82. I Love to Think of Je­sus
  83. I Want to Be­long to Je­sus
  84. I Want to Get Clos­er
  85. I Want to Live Clos­er to Je­sus
  86. I Want to Sing, as the Child­ren Sing
  87. I Will Tell of the Sav­ior Who Died
  88. If It Were Not So
  89. In the Arms of Je­sus Rest­ing
  90. In the Hap­py Home
  91. In the Har­bor
  92. In the Sec­ret Place with Je­sus
  93. In the Sha­dow of the Rock
  94. In the Val­ley of Si­lence
  95. Is My Name Writ­ten There?
  96. It Is Not Ve­ry Far Away
  97. It Is Worth­while to Fight
  98. Joy Among the An­gels
  99. Keep Sing­ing in the Morn­ing
  100. Keep Step in the March for the Truth
  101. Kingdom of Earth May Be Pleased, The
  102. Land of Plen­ty, Land of Bea­uty
  103. Land Where Dreams Come True, The
  104. Lead Me Far­ther from Temp­ta­tion
  105. Let Us Press To­ward the Mark
  106. Life Is Not a Feast of Glad­ness
  107. Like Je­sus
  108. Like the Sound of Migh­ty Thun­ders
  109. Little Cru­sad­ers, The
  110. Lord, for Thee with Hearts So Will­ing
  111. Lord of the Na­tions, Fa­ther of All
  112. Lord’s Good Time Is Com­ing, The
  113. Lowly Is King, The
  114. Master, Hast Thou Work for Me?
  115. Messengers of Je­sus
  116. Missionary Bat­tle Hymn
  117. More and Bet­ter Work for Je­sus
  118. Morning Stars Will Sing Again, The
  119. My Re­deem­er Walks Be­side Me
  120. My Won­der­ful Dream
  121. Nations Are Ask­ing, The
  122. Near the King­dom
  123. Never Say No When the Lord Says Go
  124. No Eye Hath Seen the Trea­sures
  125. Not by Might or by Pow­er
  126. Not Far from the King­dom
  127. O Bro­ther, When You Wea­ry Grow
  128. O Chain of Love That Yet Shall Bind
  129. O Ci­ty Old, in Land Afar
  130. O Cross of Grief and Ang­uish Sore
  131. O Cross up­on Mount Cal­va­ry
  132. O Life in Whom Is Life In­deed
  133. O Migh­ty Lord, Stay By!
  134. O Scat­tered Seeds of Lov­ing Deeds
  135. O Sin­ner, the Ci­ty of Re­fuge Is Nigh
  136. O the Yes­ter­day’s Mo­ments
  137. O Thou Bless­ed Gift from Hea­ven
  138. O Thou Who Dost Care for My Soul
  139. O Wel­come Sun­day Morn­ing
  140. Onward in­to Gal­i­lee
  141. Onward to Vic­to­ry
  142. Our Pen­nies and Our Pray­ers
  143. Out of Sad­ness into Glad­ness
  144. Out of the Pain of the World
  145. Out to the Con­flict
  146. Out in the De­sert I Heard
  147. Passing Through the Gate
  148. Peace Through the Cross Shall Come
  149. Place in the Ranks for Me, A
  150. Praise Ye the Great Je­ho­vah
  151. Ring the Bells
  152. Roses Blow and Ros­es Fall
  153. Seeds of Pro­mise
  154. Shall I Then Be Sa­tis­fied?
  155. Shiloh Has Come
  156. Shine Where You Are
  157. Should the For­ward March Be Ech­oed
  158. Singing as We Go
  159. So Long as Earth Re­main­eth
  160. Someone Must Strug­gle
  161. Sometime and Some­how
  162. Song We Used to Know, The
  163. Song of Sal­va­tion
  164. Songland of the Soul, The
  165. Sooner or Lat­er the Wrong Will Be Right­ed
  166. Soul, a Sav­ior Thou Art Need­ing
  167. Speed It On
  168. Speed the Gos­pel On
  169. Standard Bear­er, The
  170. Such a Lit­tle Way to Je­sus
  171. Sweet Pro­mise of Je­sus
  172. Sweet Voic­es Are Call­ing
  173. Take a Step For­ward To­day
  174. Take Time
  175. Tell It To­day
  176. Tell the Pro­mis­es Ov­er to Me
  177. There Are the Glor­i­fied
  178. There Is Rest for the Wea­ry
  179. There Will Dawn a Gold­en Mor­row
  180. There’s a Call from the Heart of the Sav­ior
  181. There’s a Ques­tion That Comes
  182. There’s Light for a Step
  183. They Gave Him Their Trea­sures
  184. They That Be Wise
  185. Thine the Praise
  186. Thou Who Dost Pi­ty the Sons of Men
  187. Though the Up­ward Path Is Nar­row
  188. Thy King­dom Come
  189. Touch of His Hand on Mine, The
  190. Through the Doors That Op­en Stand
  191. To Him That Ov­er­comes
  192. True to the Trust Thou Hast
  193. Turn Up Your Lamp
  194. Turn Your Fac­es To­ward the Morn­ing
  195. Twilight Dream, A
  196. Voyage Has Been Wea­ry, The
  197. Way of the Cross Leads Home, The
  198. We Are Com­ing
  199. We Are Go­ing Down the Val­ley
  200. We Are Go­ing to Live For­ev­er
  201. We Are Lit­tle Glean­ers
  202. We for Christ, to Him We Bring
  203. We Praise Thee
  204. We Say Good Night
  205. What Are You Do­ing for Jesus?
  206. While Blos­soms Wear Their Dew
  207. Whole of Life for Je­sus, The
  208. Who Will En­list for the King To­day?
  209. Wonderful Peace
  210. Yes, I Know There Is a Hea­ven
  211. You Can, if You Will, Be Saved To­night