The Horatio Spafford Story

In 1870, Horatio & Anna Spafford’s 4 year old son died of Scarlet Fever. A bucketful of tears flowed, but their three daughters aged 8, 6, 2 and another one on the way, kept them focussed on what they still had.

Three years later, his four pre-teen daughters, Tanetta, Elizabeth, Margaret and Annie, died together while crossing the Atlantic on a steamship, heading for an English holiday.

Anna sent a telegram to inform her husband of the tragic news, and while he was travelling to meet her, he was overwhelmed with grief as his ship sailed past the exact point where his loved-ones had drowned.

He picked up a quill and penned one of the most emotional hymns that is still sung in churches across the world today.

The first three and 5th verses were written right there on the ship and what we know as the fourth verse, much later.

Here are the lyrics written in it’s original Old English and underneath is a video of 4Him singing it so passionately.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well, with my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live,
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pain shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

And Lord haste the day, when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.