Whosoever heareth, shout, shout the sound

Whosoever heareth, shout, shout the sound. Philip P. Bliss* (1838-1876). Written during the winter of 1869-70, during a series of evangelistic meetings in Chicago conducted by an English travelling preacher, Henry Moorhouse. It was published in The Prize, a collection of songs, hymns, chants, anthems and concert pieces, for the Sunday school (Cincinnati, 1870) edited by George F. Root*. According to Ira D. Sankey*, when singing it Bliss put special emphasis on the word ‘whosoever’ (Sankey, 1906, p. 291). That word comes from John 3: 16 (1611 King James Version), on which Moorhouse had preached: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him...

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