Come, Come Ye Saints

Something for the weekend.  A blues arrangement of the Mormon hymn Come, Come Ye Saints.  The hymn was written as the Mormons were making their epic trek in 1846 from Illinois to Utah in order to carve their new Zion out of the wilderness.

Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell –
All is well! All is well!
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
‘Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we’ll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!
We’ll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away, in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the saints, will be blessed.
We’ll make the air, with music ring, Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we’ll tell –
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey’s through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again to see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we’ll make this chorus swell-
All is well! All is well!

The soldiers who are joyously rejoining the Mormon pioneers at the end of the above video are members of the Mormon Battalion returning from their service in the Mexican War.  Theirs is a fascinating story and I will tell it in a future post.

4 Responses to Come, Come Ye Saints

  1. If I remember right the Mormon Battalion went on the longest march in military history and they are still the only US military unit organized on the basis of religion.

  2. Tony says:

    Longer than the Long March of Mao’s Communists?

  3. Donald R. McClarey says:

    The Mormon Battalion marched approximately 1850 miles from Council Bluffs Iowa to San Diego California during August to December 1846. It is generally thought to be the longest single infantry march in US military history.

    The Chinese Communist Long March encompassed approximately 6000 miles.

  4. victor says:

    I would classify that more as a modern jazz ballad arrangment than I would as a blues arrangement.

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