Today we have both a legacy hymn and a new arrangement, both about angels. The first is a shape note arrangement of “An Angel from on High” as Parley P. Pratt most likely intended it to be sung.
An Angel from on High
The second, is a dual hymn arrangement, to the tune of “Thou Lovely Source of True Delight”.
I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly_Arise Oh God and Shine Final
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Today we have a patriotic paraphrase of our first national anthem – “Hail, Columbia”.
Hail Ye Mormons
This is another Eliza R. Snow original poem, set to a traditional shape-note tune. Today, our hymnbook has a version called “Though Deepening Trials”.
Though Outward Trials
To learn about shape notes, go here:
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Today we have a very rare pioneer songs that has a rock-solid historic LDS background. The words are by John Taylor, the lyrics by E.J. Loder.
The Upper California
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Could this hymn have been written by the Prophet Joseph Smith himself? Click on the PDF to read the music and to see why one hymn historian (hymnstorian?) thinks it could have been.
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Not everything Eliza R. Snow wrote made it into our modern hymnbook. Take this forgotten little beauty that was sung at funerals. See if you can recognize the familiar tune by Ebenezer Beasley:
Your Sweet Little Rosebud Has Left You
And as an added bonus, a new arrangement of a timeless text:
His Voice As the Sound
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Today, we have a legacy version of the hymn “Sweet is the Work”. The love the words to this hymn, especially the idea of our hearts being in tune with the Spirit like a well-tuned musical instrument.
This version is quite a bit more musically demanding than the version in our hymnbook today. It has a much broader range, a tenor solo, and more complex rhythms. That’s why it would be perfect for a choir.
Sweet is the Work