#21 Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice

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1. Come, listen to a prophet’s voice,
And hear the word of God,
And in the way of truth rejoice,
And sing for joy aloud.
We’ve found the way the prophets went
Who lived in days of yore.
Another prophet now is sent
This knowledge to restore.

2. The gloom of sullen darkness spread
Thru earth’s extended space
Is banished by our living Head,
And God has shown his face.
Thru erring schemes in days now past
The world has gone astray;
Yet Saints of God have found at last
The straight and narrow way.

3. ‘Tis not in man they put their trust
Nor on his arm rely.
Full well assured, all are accursed
Who Jesus Christ deny.
The Savior to his people saith,
“Let all my words obey,
And signs shall follow living faith,
Down to the latest day.”

4. Then heed the words of truth and light
That flow from fountains pure.
Yea, keep His law with all thy might
Till thine election’s sure,
Till thou shalt hear the holy voice
Assure eternal reign,
While joy and cheer attend thy choice,
As one who shall obtain.

Text: Joseph S. Murdock, 1822-1899. Verse four, Bruce R. McConkie, 1915-1985. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: Joseph J. Daynes, 1851-1920

-History: (Source:Wikipedia)

Words By: Joseph F Murdock (1822-1899), and Bruce R McConkie (1915-1985)

McConkie wrote several poems, a few of which he read in various general conference addresses. One for which he is especially remembered is the poem I Believe in Christ, delivered in a 1972 General Conference address, “The Testimony of Jesus”. It was later set to music and published in the LDS Hymnal, as Hymn #134, “I Believe in Christ” and has since gained popularity among members of the church.

McConkie also penned the fourth verse to Hymn #21, “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice”.

Music By: Joseph J Daynes (1851-1920)

Joseph John Daynes (April 2, 1851 – January 15, 1920)[1] was the first organist at the Tabernacle in Salt Lake CityUtah and for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He also wrote the music to many hymns as well as writing anthems. In the 1985 English-language hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) there are 5 hymns with music by Daynes. In the LDS Church’s previous edition there were 27 hymns with music by him.

Daynes was born in Norwich, England. His parents John and Eliza Miller Daynes joined the LDS Church and the family emigrated to Utah Territory in 1862.

In 1867, when an organ was brought by Joseph H. Ridges to Salt Lake City, Daynes was appointed the Tabernacle Organist, the first to ever hold this position since before this there was no organ. Daynes remained organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle until 1900. He was also the music conductor of the 20th Ward Choir in Salt Lake City.

Daynes was one of the main editors of the Latter-day Saints’ Psalmody.

In 1872, Daynes married Mary Jane Sharp. They had seven children.

Among the hymns with music by Daynes are “Come Listen to A Prophets Voice“, “Now We’ll Sing with One Accord” and “As the Dew From Heaven Distilling“.

Daynes’ son Joseph J. Daynes Jr. served as the first president of the Grant Stake in Salt Lake City.[2] and later was the president of the Western States Mission of the LDS Church, based in Colorado. The younger Daynes was married to one of Wilford Woodruff‘s daughters.