Bliss, Philip Paul, 1838–76, American evangelist and writer of gospel songs, b. Clearfield co., Pa. A fine baritone voice and a handsome presence aided him in his work, and his songs became tremendously popular. After the publication of his Gospel Songs (1874) he became associated with Dwight L. Moody and joined Ira D. Sankey in producing a series of songbooks called Gospel Hymns, the first of which appeared in 1875. Among his songs are "Hold the Fort,""Let the Lower Lights Be Burning," and "Jesus Loves Me."
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