Hymn History ~ I am Resolved

“…..Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord….” Romans 12:11

“I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.'” Luke 15;18 & 19

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Written by Palmer Hartsough

Composed by James Fillmore Sr.

Tune: Endeavor

I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living Way.

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved to enter the kingdom
Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me,
Still will I enter in.

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

I am resolved, and who will go with me?
Come, friends, without delay,
Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit,
We’ll walk the heav’nly way.

I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.

Palmer Hartsough was born May 7, 1844, in Redford, Michigan, to Wells and Thankful Palmer Hartsough. His father was active in the Baptist Convention. The family moved to Plymouth, Michigan, in 1856, when Palmer was twelve years old.

Palmer Hartsough attended Kalamazoo College, and Michigan State Normal. While in college, he became interested in music, and began teaching singing schools in rural areas. When he graduated college he worked as a traveling singing school teacher, working in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

In 1877, Palmer Hartsough settled down in Rock Island, Illinois, and directed music at a Baptist church there.

In 1893 He moved again, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and joined Fillmore Music Company, providing texts for their music, under the pseudonym “Uncle Frank”. He became the  music director of Bethel Mission Baptist Church and of Ninth Street Baptist Church in Ohio.

In 1906, at the age of sixty~two, he became an ordained Baptist minister. He moved to Ontario, Michigan, and pastored a church there for twenty~one years, from 1906~1927, when he retired. He then returned to Plymouth, Michigan, where he died October 24, 1932, at the ripe old age of 88 years old. He never married, and was very close to his two sisters, corresponding through the form of letters every week.

“I am Resolved is based on Luke 15:18 &19 : “I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.'” The song was written in 1896 as a delegation song for Ohio representatives traveling down to the World Endeavor Convention, in San Francisco, California. Fourteen trains of people sang this song from Ohio to California. It first appeared in the “Praise Hymnal” published by James Fillmore Sr., who was the composer to the song.

James Henry Fillmore Sr., was born June 1, 1849, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father died when he was sixteen years old, and James Fillmore began to support his mother and four younger siblings by taking over his father’s singing school.

In 1874, when he was twenty~five years, he and his brothers opened Fillmore Music Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. On November 25, 1880, he married Anna Eliza McKrell, and quickly became the father to five children.

He composed several hymns,including “I Know My Redeemer Liveth”, under the pseudonym Harold Bennet.

James Henry Fillmore, Sr., died February 8, 1936, in Ohio, at 87 years old.

 

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