Before This Earth from Chaos Sprung

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1841

Hymn 269
1. Before this earth from chaos sprung,
Or morning stars together sung,
Jehovah saw what would take place
In all the vast extent of space.

2. He spoke; this world to order came,
And men he made lord of the same,
Great things to them he did make known,
Which should take place in days to come.

3. Those holy men minutely told,
What future ages would unfold,
Scenes God had purposed should take place,
Down to the last of Adam's race.

4. But we will pass those ancients by,
Who spoke and wrote by prophecy,
Until we come to him of old,
E'en Joseph whom his brethren sold.

5. He said God would raise up a seer,
The hearts of Jacob's sons to cheer,
And gather them again in bands,
In latter days upon their lands.

6. This seer like Moses should obtain,
The word of God for man again;
A spokesman God would him prepare,
His word when written to declare.

7. According to his holy plan,
The Lord has now raised up the man,
His latter day work to begin,
To gather scattered Israel in.

8. This seer shall be esteemed high,
By Joseph's remnants by and by,
He is the man who's called to raise,
And lead Christ's church in these last days.

9. Now let the saints both far and near,
And scattered Israel, when they hear
This news, rejoice in Israel's God,
And sing, and praise his name aloud.