E. M. Bartlett

E. M. Bartlett
Short Name: E. M. Bartlett
Full Name: Bartlett, E. M. (Eugene Monroe Sr.), 1885-1941
Birth Year: 1885
Death Year: 1941

Eugene Monroe Bartlett, Sr. is considered one of the founding fathers of Southern Gospel Music. He was born on Christmas Eve in 1885 near Waynes­ville, Mis­sou­ri. Bartlett relocated to Sebastian County, Arkansas with his parents. Bartlett dedicated his life to Jesus at an early age. Bartlett at­tend­ed the Hall-Moody In­sti­tute in Mar­tin, Ten­nes­see, and William Jewell College, Li­ber­ty, Mis­sou­ri. Bartlett lived in the south and enjoyed a reputation as a fine music teacher. Based in Arkansas, he traveled the entire southern portion of the country holding singing schools for anyone interested. These and similar schools trained aspiring musicians in vocal technique, sight reading, and conducting and were influential in the development of church music as a whole for much of the remainder of the century.

Eugene M. Bartlett, Sr. meet and married Joan Tatum in 1917. They were parents to two sons, Gene Bartlett, Jr., a nationally known writer of contemporary church music and Charles Bartlett Minister of Music in a large Texas church.

Eugene M. Bartlett, Sr. was a very successful business man, and decided to invest his money in which he founded the Hartford Music Company in Hartford, Arkansas sometime in 1918. Within the first year of business he sold more than 15, 000 copies of his hymnbook. Many writers, singers and musicians received their first opportunity in gospel music at Hartford Music Company including Albert E. Brumley who wrote "I'll Fly Away" and "Turn Your Radio On." Bartlett's mission was to publish hymns and teach singers to sight read. He hired instructors to teach voice, piano, piano tuning, rudiments, harmony and stringed instruments. He also was editor of the music magazine, Her­ald of Song. His son Eugene, Jr. was al­so a hym­nist and com­pos­er. When he was not instructing, Bartlett was an avid composer of hymns and gospel songs.

Though almost all of his songs have sunk into oblivion among the Christian body today, "Victory In Jesus" remains one of the most popular and widely known songs of the church. In 1939, a stroke rendered Bartlett partially paralyzed and unable to perform or travel. He spent the last two years of his life bedridden. Amid such bleak circumstances, he wrote his final and most beloved song, “Victory in Jesus,” an optimistic number that has been sung by millions in worship services and recorded by gospel’s biggest names. The three verses and refrain enthusiastically tell of one's own personal salvation experience from beginning to end. It's said that Bartlett missed traveling and teaching, but he could still study the Bible, a study from which he gave us this wonderful song during a time when much of the earth sat on the brink of World War II. The song first appeared that year in "Gospel Choruses," a paperback songbook published by James Vaughan in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

Only two years after his stroke, Bartlett died January 25, 1941. He is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs in Benton County. Throughout his 56 years of his life, Bartlett composed more than 800 songs. Since the early 1960s, "Victory in Jesus" has become popular among evangelical congregations, Quartets, and many hymnals have included it within their published pages. Bartlett was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1973.


Texts by E. M. Bartlett (81)sort iconAsInstances
A mother sits at home todayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Be a blessing every dayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Christ leads me onEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
Christ prepared for me a mansionEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Christ was born in a distant landEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
Come to Jesus! He will save youEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Don't you hear the Savior calling, O come homeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Far I have [have I] wandered, out from the foldEugene M. Bartlett (Author)4
God is good, God is trueEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
God's calling today for an answerEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Happy on the way, I'm happy on the wayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Have you ever been to the fountain of lifeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Have you heard the gospel message that was sentEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Have you heard the story of the blessedEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
Heaven seems so near todayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
High above the surging billowsEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I am going to a city where no storm clouds ever comeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I am leaving sin's dark roads behind meEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I am singing Hallelujah, praise the LordEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I am thinking today of a little old homeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
I have a dear Savior in heaven aboveEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
I have fellowship with Jesus up aboveEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I have left the land of bondage with itsEugene M. Bartlett (Author)10
I heard an old, old storyEugene M. Bartlett (Author)55
I know I love my SaviorEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
I think of my home and my loved onesEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I will leave this land of bondageEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I'm going up the highwayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
I'm not ashamed that Jesus came and diedEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
I'm not ashamed to own that Jesus came and diedEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
In the sunlight of glory I'm telling the storyEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
It's not the words you sing to meEugene M. Bartlett (Author)9
Jesus Christ, the Lord, opened up the wayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)11
Jesus loved my soul so wellEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Jesus went upon the mountainEugene M. Bartlett (Author)14
Life on earth is most uncertainEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Listen, ye people, Hear the story of ChristEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
My friends are swiftly passing onEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
My Savior died that I might live (Bartlett)Eugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
My soul is now savedEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
O soul, now tossed on life's billowsEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
O soul, now tossed on sin's billowsEugene M. Bartlett (Author)4
O'er life's sea we all are sailingEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
Open the door of your heart todayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
Out on the mountains poor sinners are dyingEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Ouvi contar a história de Jesus, o Rei da glóriaEugene Monroe Bartlett (Author)2
Praise the Lord forevermoreEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Shadows have come in our pathwayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Sometime when the summon of deathEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
Soon this life will all be overEugene M. Bartlett (Author)22
Sweet thoughts of home are still with meEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Swing out on the promisesEugene M. Bartlett (Author)7
Tenderly he leads meEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
The day will come when we will singEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
The season's happy voicesEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
There are heavenly pleasures away from all sinEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
There is a place where we can goEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
There is coming a time, O sinnerEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
There is sadness here belowEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
There is someone waiting yonderEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
There will be a great conventionEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
There's a happy land of promiseEugene M. Bartlett (Author)26
There's a happy time in heavenEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
There's a home beyond the river where the christians live foreverEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
They say there are mansions in gloryEugene M. Bartlett (Author)6
This life will end some future dayEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
To the home above, ledEugene M. Bartlett (Author)1
Trusting in my Savior as my all in allEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
We wander here in sin and strifeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
We're looking for a city, the final soul's abodeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
What a happy time is comingEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
When I find my way is roughEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
When I was lost, without a SaviorEugene M. Bartlett (Author)5
When I'm weary, sad and lonelyEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
When on the cross of Calvary The Lord was crucifiedEugene M. Bartlett, 1885-1941 (Author)4
While kneeling by her bedsideEugene M. Bartlett (Author)9
While the world rushes on in its folly and sinEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
Who is that calling for me to comeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)14
Who will tell the story of the ChristEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2
Work on my friend, the time will comeEugene M. Bartlett (Author)3
You ask me why I love theEugene M. Bartlett (Author)2