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It Is Well With My Soul

11 Jun

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“It Is Well with My Soul” was written by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. It is possibly the most influential and enduring in the Bliss repertoire and is often taken as a choral model, appearing in hymnals of a wide variety of Christian fellowships.

English: Picture of Horatio Spafford

English: Picture of Horatio Spafford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the 1871 Great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was ruined by the great fire).

In 1873  he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. At the last minute, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire.

While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him a telegram, “Saved alone . . .”.

Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.

Bliss called his melody “Ville du Havre”, from the name of the stricken vessel.

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1. When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Refrain

3. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Refrain

4. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Refrain

 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in hymns, Videos

 

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2 responses to “It Is Well With My Soul

  1. Dustin

    August 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    How cool! Our worship pastor told us the history of this song this past weekend before me sang it. I love hearing the meaning behind the songs!

     

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