Saturday, February 4, 2017
LDS Hymn #61
One of the shortest hymns in the book. Simple message and a simple tune. Yet we never sing this one. This is the first in the "Praising" section. (I gave it that name.) My favorite line is "Let our song still our joy and praise prolong."
From the history book
The hymn was written to be at the close of meetings. I love how she points out that in our meetings "the responsibility for what is occurring rests with one individual at a time" in talks, prayers, or in small groups like a musical number or new callings. But at the end of the meeting "all individuals join together in one expression of heartfelt praise," bringing the congregation together and making them whole. This hymn first appeared in 1927. It is in a chorale style, which used to be written in half-note rhythms but changed to quarter notes for the current hymnal so that it wouldn't invite a slow tempe (like those 2/2 hymns I have already written of my frustrations!).