Born: Ju­ly 9, 1838, Clear­field Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: De­cem­ber 29, 1876, Ash­ta­bu­la, Ohio. Bliss and his wife died in a tra­gic train wreck caused by a bridge col­lapse. He sur­vived the in­i­tial im­pact, but went back in­to the flames in an un­suc­ces­sful at­tempt to res­cue his wife.

Buried: The re­mains re­trieved from the Ash­ta­bu­la dis­as­ter were placed in a com­mon grave marked by a cen­o­taph in the Ash­ta­bu­la Cem­e­te­ry. A cen­o­taph in mem­o­ry of the Bliss­es was al­so erect­ed in the cem­e­tery at Rome, Penn­syl­vania, Ju­ly 17, 1877.

The night be­fore that ter­ri­ble rail­road ac­ci­dent at Ash­ta­bu­la…he said to his au­di­ence, “I may not pass this way again”; then he sang a so­lo, “I’m Go­ing Home To­mor­row.” This in­deed proved pro­phe­tic of his own home go­ing.

Bliss’s works in­clude:



Bliss home in Rome, Penn­syl­vania; now the P.P. Bliss Gos­pel Song­writ­ers’ Mu­se­um
  1. A Long Time I Wandered
  2. At the Feet of Jesus
  3. Almost Persuaded
  4. By and By
  5. Calling Now
  6. Come, Brethren, as We March Along
  7. Come, Sing the Gospel’s Joyful Sound
  8. Cut It Down
  9. Dare To Be a Daniel
  10. Do You See the He­brew Captive Kneeling?
  11. Down Life’s Dark Vale We Wander
  12. Free from the Law
  13. God Is Always Near Me
  14. Hail, Happy Morn­ing
  15. Hallelujah, He Is Risen!
  16. Hallelujah, ’Tis Done!
  17. Hallelujah! What a Savior
  18. Have You on the Lord Believed?
  19. Hear Ye the Glad Good News from Heaven
  20. Hold the Fort
  21. Ho­ly Spirit, The
  22. How Happy Are We
  23. How Much Woes Thou?
  24. I Should Like to Die
  25. I Know He Is Mine
  26. I Know Not the Hour
  27. In Me Ye May Have Peace
  28. In Zion’s Rock Abiding
  29. Jesus Loves Even Me
  30. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
  31. Light in the Darkness, Day Is at Hand
  32. Light of the World Is Jesus, The
  33. March to the Battlefield
  34. More Holiness Give Me
  35. My Redeemer
  36. No Other Name
  37. O! Jerusalem, the Golden City
  38. On What Founda­tion Do You Build?
  39. Only an Armor Bearer
  40. Praying Always
  41. Pull for the Shore
  42. Repeat the Story O’er and O’er
  43. Sailing into Port
  44. See the Gentle Shepherd Standing
  45. Seeking to Save
  46. Spirit, O Sinner, In Mercy Doth Move, The
  47. Sword of the Lord, The
  48. There Is Sin in the Camp
  49. There’s a Light in the Valley
  50. This Is the Victory
  51. Though the Way May Sometimes Be Dreary
  52. ’Tis Known on Earth and Heave, Too
  53. To Die Is Gain
  54. Wandering Afar from the Dwellings of Men
  55. Weary Gleaner, Whence Comest Thou?
  56. What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?
  57. When Jesus Comes
  58. When My Weary Hands Are Folded
  59. Where Are the Nine?
  60. Where Hast Thou Gleaned Today?
  61. While the Silvery Moonbeams Fall
  62. Whosoever Will
  63. Will You Meet Me at the Fountain?
  64. Wonderful Words of Life


  1. Bliss
  2. Bury Thy Sorrow
  3. Come unto Me
  4. Eternity
  5. Hold Fast Till I Come
  6. It Is Well with My Soul
  7. Kenosis
  8. Lift Up, Lift Up Thy Voice
  9. Look Away to Jesus
  10. Lord Jesus, Come
  11. New Song, The
  12. Oh, to Be Nothing
  13. Out of the Ark
  14. Precious Promise
  15. We’re Going Home Tomorrow
  16. Waiting and Watching for Me
  17. What Shall the Harvest Be?