Philip P. Bliss

9 July 1838–29 December 1876


Philip P. Bliss, engraved by B.B. Hall & Sons, NY, in Memoirs of Philip P. Bliss (1877).

Featured Hymns & Tunes:


Collections of Hymns:

The Song Messenger (1864-1870): WorldCat
The Prize (1870): PDF
The Charm (1871): PDF
The Song Tree (1872): WorldCat
The Joy (1873): HathiTrust
Sunshine for Sunday-Schools (1873): PDF
Gospel Songs (1874): PDF
Words of Life (paper, 1874)
Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs (1875): PDF
The International Lesson Monthly (1875): WorldCat
Gospel Hymns, No. 2 (1876): PDF
Gospel Hymns, No. 3 (1878): PDF
Gospel Hymns, No. 4 (1881): PDF

Life & Works:

Memoirs of Philip P. Bliss, ed. D.W. Whittle, (NY: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1877 | PDF).

John Julian, “Philip Bliss,” A Dictionary of Hymnology (1892/1907), pp. 150-151, 1553 (Google Books).

Ira Sankey, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns (Philadelphia: P.W. Ziegler, 1906): PDF

J.H. Hall, “P.P. Bliss,” Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (NY: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914), pp. 177-184:

George C. Stebbins, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories (NY: George H. Doran, 1924).

Bobby Joe Neil, Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876): Gospel Hymn Composer and Compiler, dissertation (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977).

David Joseph Smucker, Philip Paul Bliss and the Musical, Cultural and Religious Sources of the Gospel Music Tradition in the United States, 1850-1876, dissertation (Boston University, 1981).

Melvin Wilhoit, “Philip P. Bliss,” A Guide to the Principal Authors and Composers of Gospel Song of the Nineteenth Century, dissertation (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982), pp. 25-41: SBTS

J.R. Watson, “Philip P. Bliss,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

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