It Is Well With My Soul - Lyrics & History
Who Wrote "It Is Well With My Soul"?
Answer: Words by: Horatio Gates Spafford, 1873.
Music by: Philip Paul Bliss, 1876.
When peace, like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to know,
“It is well, it is well with my soul”
It is well (it is well)
with my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded
my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh the bliss
of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross,
and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
And Lord haste the day
when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
It Is Well With My Soul - Hymn History
Horatio Gates Spafford, born October 20, 1828, New York.
Died: October 16, 1888, Jerusalem Israel of malaria
Economic and Personal tragedies struck the Spafford family in a way that could
possibly drive someone away from God, but H G Spafford took the calamities that
befell him and turned them into a heartfelt expression of contrition before God
that would last through the ages.
He lived with
his family in Chicago where he was the best of friends with the renowned
preacher of the day, Dwight L. Moody. Spafford was a lawyer and had earned a
good living and made many investments in real estate in the city but in 1871 he
faced several tragedies. He and wife Anna had just lost a son to Scarlet Fever
and then the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of his real estate holdings.
carried on, then about 2 years later Horatio decided to take a trip to Europe
being aware that his friend Moody would be preaching in England later that year
and the family could perhaps attend. However, business matters kept Mr. Spafford
behind sending wife Anna and their four daughters ahead on the journey.
turned tragic when their vessel was struck mid-voyage by a large industrial ship
taking the lives of 226 passengers including all four of the Spafford daughters,
Annie, Bessie, Tanetta and Maggie. However, wife Anna survived and finally
arrived in England where she would send a chilling telegram to her husband with
only two words, "Saved Alone".
It would be
two years before Horatio would sail to England to rejoin his wife. While on the
voyage across the ocean, he was made aware of the very spot where the accident
had occurred which tragically took the life of his children. There he penned the
fateful words to the beloved song, "It Is Well With My Soul".