The Welcome Hymn (Poem by Eliza R. Snow Smith)

The Welcome Hymn (Poem by Eliza R. Snow Smith)

The Welcome Hymn (Poem by Eliza R. Snow Smith)

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painting by William Henry Jackson

The Welcome Hymn

by Eliza R. Snow

Written on the occasion
of the second arrival
of President Brigham Young
in the Great Salt Lake Valley
September 20, 1848
published in the Millennial Star
of August 15, 1849

You have come, you have come, to the valley once more,
And have landed your train like a ship on the shore;
You great father in Israel, with hosts you have come,
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

You have brought us our husbands, wives, daughters, and sons,
Brothers, sisters, and fathers, and mothers at once,
On a long tedious journey; all together you’ve come,
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

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Brigham Young (about age 49 years old) in 1850 photograph.

By the hand of the Gentiles you’ve long been opprest,
In a land where your sufferings are yet unredressed,
Over deserts and mountains, through kanyons you’ve come,
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

Like the pillars of heaven you unshaken have stood,
By Joseph the Prophet, till mobs spilt his blood,
And you, now over Israel, presiding have come,
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

Here the breezes are rife with the spirit of health,
And the soil is invested with sources of wealth,
Where by industry’s magic in due season will come,
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

Here a bulwark of mountains encircles us ’round,
And with stores for the artist it seems to abound;
Here are rivers and streamlets, whose pure waters foam,
In this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

Here come down on the mountains, snow and hailstones apace,
But the city is low and is in a low place;
Here is no castle, no palace, no proud lofty dome.
To this beautiful valley we welcome you home.

When good order’s established and all with accord,
Adhere to the precepts and law of the Lord,
Which are given and, through Brigham, hereafter will come,
In this beautiful valley we will all feel at home.

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