#280 Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning

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Lyrics:

1. Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning;
Now we rest from ev’ry care.
Welcome, welcome is thy dawning,
Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.
Loving teachers kindly greet us
As we meet in Sunday School,
Where they labor hard to teach us
By the Savior’s golden rule.

(Chorus)
Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning;
Now we rest from ev’ry care.
Welcome, welcome is thy dawning,
Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.

2. Hark! the Sabbath bells are ringing;
Hear the echoes all around.
List! the merry children singing!
What a pleasing, joyful sound!
Ev’ry tender note entreats us,
Bids us come, nor longer stay.
On our way the music greets us;
Hasten, hasten, come away.

3. Here we bow in meek devotion;
Here we sing God’s holy praise.
Here our hearts, with fond emotion,
Seek to learn his holy ways.
From the books of revelation
We are taught while yet in youth.
Words of heav’nly inspiration
Guide us in the path of truth.

4. Here we meet with friends and neighbors;
Parents too are in the throng.
We are earnest in our labors.
To God’s kingdom we belong.
Trials make our faith grow stronger;
Truth is nobler than a crown.
We will brave the tempest longer
Tho the world upon us frown.

Text: Robert B. Baird, 1855-1916
Music: Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Robert B. Baird

Music By: Ebenezer Beesley

Ebenezer Beesley (14 December 1840 – 21 March 1906) was a Latter-day Saint hymn writer and composer. The music for twelve of the hymns in the 1985 English-language hymnal ofThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints written by him.

Beesley was born in BicesterOxfordshireEngland.[1][2] His parents joined the LDS Church when he was quite young and he was baptized a member of the church on September 22, 1849.

In 1859, Beesley emigrated to Utah Territory in the George Rowley Handcart Company with his family, including first wife Sarah Hancock Beesley.[3] They first lived in Tooele, Utah, but later they moved to Salt Lake City. In the 19th Ward in Salt Lake City, Beesley served as both choir director and music director for Sunday School. He studied under George Careless.[1]In 1863, Beesley joined the Salt Lake Theatre Orchestra, where he played the violin.[4]

Beesley was a contributor to the Juvenile Instructor magazine. He also was one of the men appointed by John Taylor to oversee the publication of the Latter-day Saints’ Psalmody, which was the first LDS Church hymnbook to include music.[1]

In 1880, Beesley became the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In September of that year, Beesley led the choir’s first excursion outside of Salt Lake City on a trip to American Fork, Utah where they performed with the local choir for a large group of citizens.[5] Beesley served as the choir director until 1889.[1]

After serving with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Beesley taught in Tooele and then for a time in Lehi, Utah. He then moved back to Salt Lake City where he died.[1]

In the 1985 LDS Church hymnal the music for the following hymns was composed by Beesley:

  • hymn #5 “High on a Mountain Top”
  • hymn #16 “What Glorious Scenes Mine Eyes Behold”
  • hymn #32 “The Happy Day At Last Has Come”
  • hymn #76 “God of Our Fathers, We Come unto Thee”
  • hymn #77 “Great Is the Lord”
  • hymn #156 “Sing We Now at Parting”
  • hymn #177 “Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love” Tune name=Hancock
  • hymn #185 “Reverently and Meekly Now”
  • hymn #232 “Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words”
  • hymn #280 “Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning”
  • hymn #282 “We Meet Again in Sabbath School”