Hark, the alarm, the clang of the bells

Hark, the alarm, the clang of the bells

Author: Philip P. Bliss
Tune: [Hark! the alarm, the clang of the bells!]
Published in 2 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Hark! the alarm, the clang of the bells!
Signal of danger, it rises and swells;
Flashes like lightning illumine the sky,
See the red glare as the flames mount on high.

Roll on, roll on, O billow of fire!
Dash, with thy fury-waves higher and higher;
Ours is a mansion abiding and sure;
Ours is a kingdom eternal, secure.

2 Oh, like a fiend in its towering wrath,
On, and destruction alone points the path;
"Mercy, O Heaven," the sufferers wail,
Feeble humanity naught can avail. [Refrain]

3 Thousands are homeless, and quick to their cry,
Heaven-born charity yields a supply;
Upward we glance in our terrible grief,
"Give us this day," brings the promised relief. [Refrain]

4 Treasures have vanished, and riches have flown,
Hopes for the earth-life are blasted and gone;
Courage, O brother yield not to despair:
"God is our refuge," His kingdom we share. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12247

Author: Philip P. Bliss

Bliss, Philip, b. at Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838. In 1864 he went to Chicago in the employ of Dr. George F. Root, the musician, where he was engaged in conducting musical Institutes, and in composing Sunday School melodies. Originally a Methodist, he became, about 1871, a choirman of the First Congregational Church, Chicago, and the Superintendent of its Sunday Schools. In 1874 he joined D. W. Whittle in evangelical work. To this cause he gave (although a poor man) the royalty of his Gospel Songs, which was worth some thirty thousand dollars. His death was sudden. It occurred in the railway disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1876. ... Some of his verses have obtained wide popularity in most English-speaking countries. T… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hark, the alarm, the clang of the bells
Author: Philip P. Bliss
Refrain First Line: Roll on, roll on, O billow of fire


The Cyber Hymnal #12247
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The Cyber Hymnal #12247

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