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His Last Song


Composed by Phillip Paul Bliss


Philip Paul Bliss the famous hymn composer was born in Bennetts Valley on July 9, 1838. Phillp Bliss and his wife, Lucy Young, along with 198 other people were killed in a train wreck in Ashtabula, Ohio on December 29, 1876. Bliss's trunk had been checked through to Chicago, and in it, surviving its author, was the last song he wrote, wedding to musice the works of Mary G. Brainard.


"I know not what awaits me,
God kindly veils my eyes,
And o'er each step of my onward way
He makes new scenes to rise;
And ev'ry joy He sends me comes
A sweet and glad surprise.
So on I go, not knowning, I would not if I might;
I'd rather walk in the dark with God
Than go alone in the light;
I'd rather walk by faith with Him
Than go alone by sight,"



Learn more about Philip Bliss and his family in the soon to be published book "Pioneer's of Second Fork". For information on this book can be obtained by contacting Jim Burke at the Mt Zion Historical Society.





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