Sunday, March 27, 2011

As Sisters in Zion

My LDS readers will be familiar with this hymn, because it's the official hymn of the Relief Society. Last March I wrote several posts about the RS because March is the RS birthday, this year I am touching on the topic again, hopefully several times, but at least today. 

This is the original version of the song, from 1874. In our current hymnbook, it has been shortened to just have verses 1, 8, and 9. They are excellent verses, to be sure, but I find the full lyrics very inspiring. I'm glad I stumbled across them recently. ☺

1. As sisters in Zion, we'll all pull together,
The blessings of God on our labors we'll seek:
We'll build up His kingdom with earnest endeavor;
We'll comfort the weary, and strengthen the weak.

2. We'll turn from our follies, our pride and our weakness,
The vain, foolish fashions of Babel despise;
We'll seek for the garments of truth and of meekness,
And learn to be useful and happy and wise.

3. We'll wear what is sensible, neat and becoming
The daughters of Zion—the angels of light;
We'll work with a will, while the angels are scanning
Our aims and our actions from morning till night.

4. We'll bring up our children to be self-sustaining;
To love and to do what is noble and right;
When we rest from our labors, these dear ones remaining,
Will bear off the kingdom and "fight the good fight."

5. Nor shall our attention be wholly restricted
To training our children or shaping our dress;
The aged, the feeble, the poor and afflicted,
Our labors shall comfort, our efforts shall bless.

6. "The Lord hath established the cities of Zion,
The poor of His people are trusting in Him,"
He makes us a source for His poor to rely on;
Oh! shall we not brighten the eyes that are dim.

7. Oh! shall we not hasten to soothe the condition
Of the humble, the needy, the honest and pure?
Oh! let us remember, whate'er our ambition—
'Tis our duty, our mission, to comfort the poor.

8. 'Tis the office of angels, conferred upon woman;
And this is a right that, as women, we claim;
To do whatsoever is gentle and human;
To cheer and to bless in humanity's name.

9. How vast are our labors; how broad is our mission,
If we only fulfill it in spirit and deed;
Oh! naught but the Spirit's divinest tuition—
Can give us the wisdom to truly succeed.

10. Then, as sisters in Zion, we'll all pull together;
The blessing of God on our labors we'll seek;
We'll build up the kingdom with earnest endeavor;
We'll comfort the weary and strenghten the weak.


Cheryl said...

Those are beautiful lyrics... Maybe I'm biased as I left my ward before I got out of the singles branch, but being new to the church and being faced with the Relief Society in the Singles Branch I was in is one of the things that turned me away from the church... A bigger bunch of gossipy busybodies I never saw... And from what I understand, there are other friends locally who have similar issues at their church... Maybe it's seeing it as a convert, instead of as someone born into the church? Does that make sense at all?

Cheryl said...

Beautiful lyrics, to be sure...

Perhaps Im biased, as I joined the church at 18, and immediately ended up in Singles Branch instead of Family Ward, and left from Singles Branch, but our SB RS was part of the reason I left. A bigger bunch of gossipy busybodies I never saw. It COULD just be that ward (k-falls, OR), but Ive heard similar things from a friend here in AZ...

Maybe it's just my point of view as a convert, instead of someone born into the church?

Mallory said...

Wow, I didn't know there were other lyrics to the song. They are wonderful! (Now thinking about trying to get a special musical number to sing them for more people to hear....)

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