IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL

Latest update on 25/02/2013

Artist: Handel Mixed Quartet
Author: Horatio Spafford/Philip Bliss
Label: Victor
Year: 1906

Hymn written by Horatio Spafford following a series of personal tragedies: the death of his oldest son in 1871, the great fire of Chicago (more or less ruining him) and last but not least the death of his four daughters, all victims of the sinking of the S.S. Ville du Havre while crossing the Atlantic. Only his wife survived and while Spafford tried to join her, taking the next ship available, this is what he wrote at about the spot where his daughters drowned. Originally Bliss named his tune after the fatal ship S.S. Ville du Havre.

Covers:

1907:

Edison Mixed Quartet

1961:

Tennessee Ernie Ford

1962:

Marion Williams

1968:

Mahalia Jackson

1995:

Jennifer Holliday

1998:

Darlene Love

1999:

Bobby Womack

2007:

Mahotella Queens [on album Siyadumisa - Songs Of Praise as It Is Well]

2007:

Vince Gill

The Spaffords had three more children but only two survived. In 1881 they all emigrated to Palestina as part of the American Colony, later the subject of Nobel Price winner Selma Lagerlöf's novel Jerusalem.

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