The Original Tune of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”


I was surprised this year to learn that the beloved hymn “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” was altered from its original form sung at the time of Joseph Smith before appearing in the current LDS Hymnbook. I lived in Illinois and have visited Carthage Jail, in the very room where John Taylor sung this hymn at Joseph’s request just before the mob attacked the jail, killing Joseph and Hyrum.

What follows is a follow-up on a previous post about what is likely the closest version of what John Taylor actually sang that day. I have arranged it as a solo and a men’s trio.

A Poor Wayfaring Man TBB

A Poor Wayfaring Man Legacy Version


A Poor Wayfaring Man as Heard at Carthage Jail, 1844

This is as close as we will ever get to the version that John Taylor actually sang on June 27th, 1844. It DOES sound familiar…
-Kurt Kammeyer

Many people do not realize that the tune of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” that is now in the hymnbook has been altered from the version that John Taylor sung at Carthage Jail shortly before the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. In this arrangement, Kurt does an excellent job of letting us glance back through history and gives a fascinating explanation about how this version came to be.

PDF: A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

A Pioneer Hymn: The Upper California


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