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Composer: 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. He had escaped from the car, but lost his life in trying to save his wife. His hymns are n… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Philip P. Bliss (1876)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55433 23465 43517
Key: C Major


When Peace, Like a River

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

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The gospel tune by Philip Bliss (PHH 482) was named after the ship on which his friends died; VILLE DU HAVRE (also called IT IS WELL) is best sung in harmony throughout. The refrain may be sung only once–after stanza 4 as a final testimony. Use a moderate organ accompaniment to support confident singing of this testimonial hymn, --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #410
Text: It Is Well with My Soul
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #339
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3106
Text: It Is Well with My Soul
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #489
Text: When Peace like a River
Timeless Truths #676
Text: It Is Well with My Soul
  • It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul.pdf (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #377
Text: It Is Well with My Soul
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #428
Text: When Peace Like a River


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50 Favorites: and July 2013 index of supplement to Evening Light Songs #24TextPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #377TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #561
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #410TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #447
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #573TextFlexscore
Chalice Hymnal #561TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #339ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: supplement #760TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #785TextPage Scan
Glaubenslieder #219
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #840Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #273
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #329
Hymnal: A Worship Book #336
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #390Text
Hymns of Faith #223TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #82TextPage Scan
Hymns to the Living God #214TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #569Text
Les Chants du Pèlerin #78
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #188Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #451TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #763TextPage Scan
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista #250
Moravian Book of Worship #754Text
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #321Page Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #506
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #489Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #529
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #22TextPage Scan
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #494
Sing Joyfully #453TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #80Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #145
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #705TextPage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #451
The Cyber Hymnal #3106TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #493TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #438TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #189
The United Methodist Hymnal #377TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #519TextFlexscorePage Scan
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #194TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #676TextAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #691TextFlexscorePage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #428TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #342
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #304
Include 106 pre-1979 instances
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