Though this tune is also based on “Scotland the Brave” just like “Praise to the Man”, there are certainly differences. The words are completely different as well as the message. Enjoy this forgotten gem.
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.
The Prophet and his family were serenaded by this song on December 25th, 1843 – the Prophet’s last Christmas.
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PDF: Come, come ye Saints
Many people know that William Clayton wrote the beloved “Come, Come Ye Saints” while the Mormon Pioneers were crossing the plains. You might even know that he wrote it after hearing about the birth of his son. But what you might not know is that he adapted the words from an English funeral hymn that shared the repeated phrase “all is well”. Here’s just s sampling:
What’s this that steals, that steals upon my frame? Is it death, is it death?
That soon will quench, will quench this mortal flame, Is it death, is it death?
If this be death, I soon shall be,
From ev’ry pain and sorrow free, I shall the King of glory see, All is well, all is well!
If you tried singing “Now Let Us Rejoice” in its original form, you might have had a hard time with it. The notesid not line up with the words. Here we have a fixed arrangement that preserves the original melody and the singers sanity.
PDF: Now Let Us Rejoice