I will sing of my Redeemer

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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.
  Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
  With His blood He purchased me,
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
    Paid the debt, and made me free.
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I will tell the wondrous story,
  How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
  He the ransom freely gave.
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I will praise my dear Redeemer,
  His triumphant pow’r I’ll tell,
How the victory He giveth
  Over sin, and death, and hell.
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I will sing of my Redeemer,
  And His heav’nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
  Son of God with Him to be.
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Susan Fjeldheim

Denver, Colorado, United States

Thank you so much for the encouragement I found here from other brothers and sisters of like faith!!

What a glorious thing to know God has chosen each one of us and we come from all over the world and yet we know the same God. God is truly good and does all things well, Praise His holy name!! Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name!!


Lucy Austin

Picayune, Miss., United States

Beautiful.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Born in a log cabin, young Philip Bliss had left home at the age of 11 to work on farms and in lumber camps. He had become a Christian at the age of 12 and soon afterward developed interest in the study of music.

In the early 19th century, popular music training in America was centered in 'singing schools' - schools that were characterized by a strong spiritual emphasis and which also provided social activity for the small towns and rural communities. The 'singing school' was strictly a 1-man operation; a musician of some degree of ability traveled from place to place, organizing the classes, teaching them and collecting his fees (which might be paid either in cash or in farm produce!).

Most of the classes in sight-reading and in conducting were held at night. In the country schoolhouses, churches or town halls, the students sang the syllables (do-re-mi) while seated on planks placed between 2 chairs. Each music student also 'beat time' for himself by moving his hand and arm in a prescribed pattern. Many of our early gospel musicians started out as 'singing school' teachers. This tradition lasted more than 100 years, and had a profound effect on the quality of congregational singing and the development of church choirs.

Philip Bliss found himself strongly attracted to 'singing school' life. At the age of 21, he was married and a year later began a career as an itinerant music teacher. Using a little 20-dollar folding organ hauled from place to place by his faithful horse Fanny, he taught music during the winter seasons. During the summer he followed his own musical education and became a student himself at the Normal Academy of Music at Geneseo, NY.

Song writing came naturally to Bliss; he composed equally well in both words and music. Even during his short lifetime he was recognized as the leading writer of simple sacred songs, many of which are still widely used today. The new "Baptist Hymnal" published in 1956, includes 12 hymns for which Bliss wrote either the words or the music or both.

Although Bliss' ministry was very brief, his influence has continued down through the years. It was D. L. Moody who challenged him to leave teaching and to give his time to evangelistic crusades. In turn, Bliss urged his close friend and fellow-musician James McGranahan to undertake a similar task in gospel work. - Cliff Barrows "Crusader Hymns and Hymn Stories" quoted in "Songs of the Spirit" by Martin


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

The death of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss on Dec 29, 1876 was indeed tragic. Mr. Bliss was just 38 and at the time was producing some of his best hymns. A writer of words and music, and a soloist and song leader as well (he often conducted services with Major Whittle), Mr. Bliss is described as handsome, tall and with a strong, moving bass baritone voice. Yet, friends seemed to be more impressed with his gentleness than anything else. They mourned in great numbers when he and his wife lost their lives in a fiery train wreck. Reportedly, Mr. Bliss survived the crash and climbed through a broken window to safety, but then returned to the coach trying to rescue his wife. Neither got out. In Mr. Bliss' effects was found a copy of this unpublished hymn he had recently completed. - George Beverly Shea in "Songs that Lift the Heart"


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Bliss was the songleader for evangelist Major Daniel Webster Whittle, based in Chicago. This hymn text was found in Bliss's trunk after he and his wife died in a train accident in 1876. James McGranahan, who succeeded Bliss as Whittle's songleader wrote the music and used it in their meetings. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


Jim Appleman

Machias, Maine, The Great Pine Tree State!, United States

WOW!! I finally located the Rhythm for this BEAUTIFUL Hymn!! I am the musician at my church here, and just needed to find the correct beat of the music for tomorrow's service!

GOD BLESS YOU!! All the other "STUFF" I found prior to your site was a bunch of singers messing up the song; I could NOT figure out the RHYTHM!

Thanks to the ONE above I located this GREAT site!

I hope you sell sheet music, I lost my copy of "I BELIEVE" at some Church or rest home. WHERE??

Thanks a BIG BUNCH!!

JIM APPLEMAN!

HAVE A GREAT AUTUMN!!

PS: EVERY DAY you wake up is a BLESSING, also!


Joel

Sing O sing indeed.