My Redeemer

Written by Philip P. Bliss Music by James McGranahan

Vs. 1....I will sing of my Redeemer
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Chorus.... Sing, O sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood He purchased me;
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt and made me free.

Vs. 2.... I will tell the wondrous story,
How, my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.

Vs. 3.... I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant pow'r I'll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin and death and hell.

Vs. 4....I will sing of my Redeember
And His heav'nly love to me;
He from death to life hath bro't me,
Son of God with Him to be.


THE STORY BEHIND THIS HYMN

The text for this hymn was written by Philip P. Bliss. He was born Philipp Bliss in a log cabin in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania July 9, 1838. Although he grew up in poverty, this did not affect his God given talent for music. He displayed this talent and desire early in life. He was always large in stature as a boy, and large as a man. He left home at age 11 to become a lumber jack. Saved at age 12, he attended music school to become a music teacher. Married at 22, he soon began conducting music conventions. At the urging of D.L. Moody, he gave it up to become evangelist/song leader with Daniel W. Whittle from 1874 - 1876 where he brought crowds of people to hear his commanding yet gentle voice in song. They conducted 25 revivals in ten states together.

On December 29th, 1876, during the post Christmas season, Mr. and Mrs. Bliss were returning by train from Rome, Pennsylvania, where they had been visiting his mother. He had a meeting on the following Sunday scheduled at Moody's Tabernacle in Chicago. As the train approached Ashtabula, Ohio, a bridge collapsed, plunging seven rail cars down the 60 foot ravine and burst into flames. This tragedy resulted in the loss of 100 lives. However, Bliss managed to survive the wreck by climbing out a window. Although he had survived, and was safe, he immediately returned to the burning wreck to rescue his wife Lucy, and both lost their lives in the flames. Neither body was ever recovered.

Ironically, their travel trunk survived the wreckage, and this hymn text was found amongst his belongings on a manuscript he had been working on. It first appeared in print in 1877 in 'Welcome Tidings: A New Collection of Sacred Songs' -J Church and company compiled by Ira Sankey, Robert Lowry, and Wm. Doane.

The music was composed by James McGranahan shortly after Bliss' death, and introduced along with McGranahan, who continued the work that Bliss had begun. It was widely welcomed, and is a very popular hymn even today.


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