If Papa was Only Ready

Author: P. P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss (b. Clearfield County, PA, 1838; d. Ashtabula, OH, 1876) left home as a young boy to make a living by working on farms and in lumber camps, all while trying to continue his schooling. He was converted at a revival meeting at age twelve. Bliss became an itinerant music teacher, making house calls on horseback during the winter, and during the summer attending the Normal Academy of Music in Genesco, New York. His first song was published in 1864, and in 1868 Dwight L. Moody advised him to become a singing evangelist. For the last two years of his life Bliss traveled with Major D. W. Whittle and led the music at revival meetings in the Midwest and Southern United States. Bliss and Ira D. Sankey published a popular series of hym… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I should like to die, said Willie
Title: If Papa was Only Ready
Author: P. P. Bliss
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


I should like to die. Death anticipated. This is one of his earliest compositions, and is unworthy of the position it holds.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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