Philip P Bliss – The Great Hymn-Writer #1


In this edition of Wednesday Hymnody, I though it appropriate to dedicate the blog to Philip Paul Bliss who died 133 years ago on December 29, 1876.  He died in a tragic train accident.  In a blinding snowstorm, the train passed over a ravine as the bridge collapsed.  The train and it’s passengers fell 75 feet into icy waters.  Over 100 people died including 38 year old Philip Bliss and his family. 

Instead of one hymn today I will be posting four hymns.  Please comment on them and let me know which ones are your favorites.

Hymn #1 of 4

Hallelujah, What A Savior!

“Man of sorrows!” what a name,
For the Son of God who came.
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement, can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished,” was His cry;
Now in heav’n exalted high:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

-Philip P Bliss (1875)

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