- It Is Well with My Soul
It Is Well with My Soul is a very influential
hymnpenned by hymnist Horatio Spaffordand composed by Philip Bliss.
This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in
1871, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer). Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the "S.S. Ville du Havre", but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with another ship, and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone." Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.
Bliss called his tune VILLE DU HAVRE, from the name of the stricken vessel. [McCann, Forrest M. (1997). "Hymns and History: An Annotated Survey of Sources". Abilene, TX: [http://www.acu.edu/campusoffices/acupress ACU Press] . ISBN 0-89112-058-0. Pp. 154, 327-328, 359-360, 520, 597. ] The Spaffords later had three more children, one of whom (a son) died in
infancy. In 1881the Spaffords, including baby Bertha and newborn Grace, set sail for Palestine. The Spaffords moved to Jerusalemand helped found a group called the American Colony; its mission was to serve the poor. The colony later became the subject of the Nobel prize winning "Jerusalem", by Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf.
American Colonyfor a summary of the biography of Bertha Spafford Vester, who spent her entire adult life concentrating on relief and charitable work in Jerusalem.
* [http://spaffordhymn.com SpaffordHymn.com] : The original Hymn manuscript penned by Horatio Spafford
* [http://chi.gospelcom.net/GLIMPSEF/Glimpses/glmps064.shtml History of Spafford]
* [http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/i/t/i/itiswell.htm Hymn Lyrics]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXQMM_ZvGW8 It Is Well (trumpet performance by Xavier Castellà)]
* McCann, Forrest M. (1997). "Hymns & History: An Annotated Survey of Sources". Abilene, Texas: [http://www.acu.edu/campusoffices/acupress ACU Press] . Pp. 327-328, 520, 597. ISBN 0-89112-058-0
* The hymn is one of the main melodies in the song "
Flight of Valor" composed by James Swearingenfor the victims of United Airlines Flight 93.
* Christian metalcore band
Haste the Daytakes its name from the opening line of the last verse.
* Shane & Shane recently recorded this song live on the the album "How Great is our God."
Peace Like a River, a novel by Leif Enger, is named after this hymn.
* The concert band piece "On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss," composed by
David Holsinger, is based on the melody of this hymn.
* The hymn was covered by the
South African group Mahotella Queensfor their 2007 release, " Siyadumisa (Songs of Praise)".
* Fever Drum and Bugle Corps uses the hymn as their corps song.
* Christian band Jars of Clay recorded this song on their album "Redemption Songs".
* Nigerian gospel artiste- Wale Adenuga and
fountain of praise bandfeature the song in the album - Friend of the light.
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