Great Was the Day, the Joy Was Great

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

Hymn 65
1. Great was the day, the joy was great,
When the divine disciples met:
Whilst on their heads the Spirit came,
And sat like tongues of cloven flame.

2. What gifts, what miracles he gave!
And power to kill, and pow'r to save!
Furnished their tongues with wond'rous words,
Instead of shields, and spears, and swords.

3. Thus armed he sent the champions forth,
From east to west, from south to north;
"Go, and assert your Savior's cause;
Go, spread the myst'ry of his cross."

4. These weapons of the holy war,
Of what almighty force they are,
To make our stubborn passions bow,
And lay the proudest rebel low!

5. The Greeks and Jews, the learned and rude,
Are by these heav'nly arms subdued;
While Satan rages at his loss,
And hates the doctrine of the cross.