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Philip Paul Bliss (9 July 1838 – 29 December 1876) was an American composer, conductor, writer of hymns and a bass-baritone Gospel singer. He wrote many well-known hymns, including Almost Persuaded, Hallelujah, What a Saviour!, Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, Wonderful Words of Life, and the tune for Horatio Spafford's It Is Well with My Soul.Philip Bliss was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania (although possibly in Rome, PA) in a log cabin. His father was Mr. Isaac Bliss, a practicing Methodist, who taught the family to pray daily. Isaac loved music and allowed Philip to develop his passion for singing. When he was a boy, Bliss’s family moved to Kinsman, Ohio in 1844, and then returned to Pennsylvania in 1847, settling first in Espeyville, Crawford County, and a year later in Tioga County. Bliss had little formal education and was taught by his mother, from the Bible. At age 10, while selling vegetables to help support the family, Bliss first heard a piano. At age 11, he left home to make his own living. He worked in timber camps and sawmills. While working, he irregularly went to school to further his education. At 17, Bliss finished his requirements to teach. The next year, in 1856, he became a schoolmaster at Hartsville, New York, and during the summer he worked on a farm. In 1857, Bliss met J. G. Towner, who taught singing. Towner recognised Bliss’s talent and gave him his first formal voice training. He also met William B. Bradbury, who persuaded him to become a music teacher. His first musical composition was sold for a flute. In 1858, he took up an appointment in Rome Academy, Pennsylvania. In 1858, in Rome, Bliss met Lucy J. Young, whom he married on June 1, 1859. She came from a musical family and encouraged the development of his talent. She was a Presbyterian, and Bliss joined her Church. At age 22, Bliss became an itinerant music teacher. On horseback, he went from community to community accompanied by a melodeon. Bliss’s wife’s grandmother lent Bliss $30 so he could attend the Normal Academy of Music of New York for six weeks. Bliss was now recognised as an expert within his local area. He continued the itinerant teaching. At this time he turned to composition. None of his songs were ever copyrighted. In 1864, the Blisses moved to Chicago. Bliss was then 26. He became known as a singer and teacher. He wrote a number of Gospel songs. Bliss was paid $100 for a concert tour which lasted only a fortnight. He was amazed so much money could be earned so quickly. The following week, he was drafted for service in the Union Army. Because the war was almost over, his notice was canceled after a few weeks. The unit he served with was the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry. Following this, Bliss went on another concert tour, but this failed. He was, however, offered a position at Root and Cady Musical Publishers, at a salary of $150 per month. Bliss worked with this company from 1865 until 1873. He conducted musical conventions, singing schools and concerts for his employers. He continued to compose hymns, which were often printed in his employer’s books. In 1869, Bliss formed an association with Dwight L. Moody. Moody and others urged him to give up his job and become a missionary singer. In 1874, Bliss decided was called to the task of “winning souls”. He then became a full-time evangelist. Bliss made significant amounts of money from royalties and gave them to charity and to support his evangelical endeavours. Bliss wrote the gospel song "Hold the Fort" after hearing Major Daniel Webster Whittle narrate an experience in the American Civil War. (Ref Wikipedia) This collection includes a number of Bliss's popular songs but consists mostly of his hymns.
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|Able To Save Philip Bliss Abundantly Able To Saven Philip Bliss Ah My Heart Philip Bliss All Praise To Him Who Dwells In Bliss Philip Bliss Almost Persuaded Philip Bliss Arise And Shine Philip Bliss Asleep In Jesus Philip Bliss At The Feet Of Jesus Philip Bliss Babys Sweet Sleep Philip Bliss Be Still Philip Bliss Beloved Sleep Philip Bliss Bessie Lee Philip Bliss Blessed Are They That Do Philip Bliss Bonapo Philip Bliss Boys Wanted Philip Bliss Brave Battery Boys Philip Bliss Bring Me The Bowl Philip Bliss Bury Thy Sorrow Philip Bliss By And By Philip Bliss Calling Now Philip Bliss Can It Be Right Philip Bliss Chicago Street Cries Philip Bliss Come For The Feast Is Spread Philip Bliss Come Sing The Gospels Joyful Sound Philip Bliss Cut It Down Philip Bliss Dare To Be A Daniel Philip Bliss Darling Cora Bell Philip Bliss Daughter Of Zion Philip Bliss David And Goliath Philip Bliss Deem Not That They Are Blest Alone Philip Bliss Do You See The Hebrew Captive Kneeling Philip Bliss Elijah And I Philip Bliss Eternity Philip Bliss Free From The Law Philip Bliss Go Bury Thy Sorrow Philip Bliss God Is Always Near Me Philip Bliss Good Bye Jeff Philip Bliss Grand Vocal Medley Philip Bliss Hail Happy Morning Philip Bliss Hallelujah He Is Risen Philip Bliss Hallelujah Let Praises Ring Philip Bliss Hallelujah Tis Done Philip Bliss Hallelujah What A Savior Philip Bliss Have You On The Lord Believed Philip Bliss He Knows Philip Bliss He That Believeth Philip Bliss Hes Gone Philip Bliss His Word A Tower Philip Bliss Ho Every One That Thirsteth Philip Bliss Hold Fast Till I Come Philip Bliss Hold The Fort Philip Bliss Hope For Our Horses Philip Bliss How Happy Are We Philip Bliss How Lovely Shines The Morning Star Philip Bliss Humility Philip Bliss I Bring My Sins To Thee Philip Bliss I Gave My Life For Thee Philip Bliss I Know He Is Mine Philip Bliss I Know Not The Hour Philip Bliss I Will Shout His Praise In Glory Philip Bliss I Will Sing Of My Redeemer Philip Bliss If Papa Were Only Ready Philip Bliss Is It In Me Philip Bliss It Is Well With My Soul Philip Bliss Ive Passed The Cross Philip Bliss Jesus Loves Even Me Philip Bliss Just Like Love Philip Bliss Lead Thou Me Philip Bliss Let The Lower Lights Be Burning Philip Bliss Let Zions Watchmen All Awake Philip Bliss Lifes Indian Summer Philip Bliss Lift Up Lift Up Thy Voice Philip Bliss Look Away To Jesus Philip Bliss Lora Vale Philip Bliss Lord Jesus Come Philip Bliss Loving Little Lou Philip Bliss Meet Me At The Fountain Philip Bliss More Holiness Give Me Philip Bliss My Gracious Lord I Own Thy Right Philip Bliss My Grandfathers Bible Philip Bliss My Heart And My Tree Philip Bliss My High Tower Philip Bliss My Love She Philip Bliss My Redeemer Philip Bliss Nellie Brundage Philip Bliss No Other Name Philip Bliss O Crown Of Rejoicing Philip Bliss O Happy Day Philip Bliss O Happy Day That Fixed My Choice Philip Bliss O Sacred Head Now Wounded Philip Bliss O Shepherd Of The Sheep Philip Bliss O Short Was His Slumber Philip Bliss O Son Of God We Wait For Thee Philip Bliss Oh To Be Nothing Philip Bliss Once For All Philip Bliss Only A Messenger Philip Bliss Only An Armor Bearer Philip Bliss Out Of The Ark Philip Bliss Paul And Silas Philip Bliss Poor Jilted Jonathan Philip Bliss Praise The Lamb Philip Bliss Praise The Lord Through Every Nation Philip Bliss Praying Always Philip Bliss Precious Promise Philip Bliss Promise Of The Father Mw Knapp Philip Bliss Pull For The Shore Philip Bliss Rejoice With Me Philip Bliss Roll On Roll On Oh Billow Of Fire Philip Bliss Sailing Into Port Philip Bliss Say No Philip Bliss Seeking To Save Philip Bliss Should We Meet Here No More Philip Bliss Simple Sandies Sang And Story Philip Bliss Sing And Pray Philip Bliss Sing My Soul Philip Bliss Sire And Son Or The Quakers Farewell Philip Bliss Sleepers Wake The Watch Cry Pealeth Philip Bliss Some Sweet Morn Philip Bliss Sounds Of The Singing School Philip Bliss Sweetly Softly Philip Bliss The Billow Of Fire Philip Bliss The Elopement Philip Bliss The Faithful Engineer Philip Bliss The First Christmas Song Philip Bliss The Half Was Never Told Philip Bliss The Harvest Is Passing Philip Bliss The Holy Spirit Philip Bliss The Light Of The World Is Jesus Philip Bliss The Light Of The World Philip Bliss The Lower Lights Philip Bliss The New Song Philip Bliss The Ninety And Nine Philip Bliss The Old Book Stands Philip Bliss The Old Old Way Philip Bliss The Photograph Ornot At All Like Me Philip Bliss The Professor At Home Philip Bliss The Sword Of The Lord Philip Bliss The Temperance Ship Philip Bliss The Three Mountains Philip Bliss Theres A Light In The Valley Philip Bliss Theres Monny A Shlip Philip Bliss Thine Jesus Thine Philip Bliss This Is The Victory Philip Bliss To My Sister Philip Bliss Trusting In Jesus Philip Bliss Up With Thy Hands To Jesus Philip Bliss Waiting And Watching For Me Philip Bliss Wake O Wake With Tidings Thrilling Philip Bliss Wake Up Sweet Melody Philip Bliss Were Going Home Tomorrow Philip Bliss What Shall The Harvest Be Philip Bliss What Wilt Thou Have Me To Do Philip Bliss When Jesus Comes Philip Bliss When My Weary Hands Are Folded Philip Bliss Where Are The Nine Philip Bliss Where Hast Thou Gleaned Today Philip Bliss While On The Verge Of Life I Stand Philip Bliss Whos On The Lords Side Philip Bliss Whosoever Will Philip Bliss Why Unbelieving Philip Bliss Windows Open Toward Jerusalems Philip Bliss Wish You Merry Christmas Philip Bliss Wishing Hoping Knowing Philip Bliss With Harps And With Viols Philip Bliss Wonderful Words Of Life Philip Bliss|
There are also many other Christian pieces on this site which are included with other collections, e.g. the Children's Songs section contains quite a few.