Salem's Bright King

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  • Although this was published in several early LDS hymnals, it should be noted that the lyrics of this song don't seem to work with Latter-day Saint (Mormon) doctrine (i.e. Jehovah is at least usually thought of as the pre-mortal Jesus Christ, in LDS Doctrine). Jehovah could be switched with something like the Father, to avoid confusion.

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Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe, 1840

Hymn 150
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1. Salem's bright King, Jesus by name,
In ancient times to Jordan came,
All righteousness to fill;
'Twas there the ancient prophet stood,
Whose name was John, a man of God,
To do his Master's will.

2. The holy Jesus did demand
His right to be baptised then,
The prophet gave consent;
On Jordan's banks they did appear,
The servant and his Master dear,
Then down the bank they went.

3. Down in old Jordan's rolling stream,
The prophet led the holy Lamb,
And there did him baptise:
Jehovah saw his darling Son,
And was well pleased in what he'd done,
And owned him from the skies.

4. The opening heaven now complies,
The Holy Ghost like lightning flies,
Down from the courts above:
And on the holy, heavenly Lamb,
The Spirit lights and does remain,
In shape like a fair dove.

5. This is my Son, Jehovah cries,
The echoing voice from glory flies,
O, children, hear ye him;
Hark! 'tis his voice, behold he cries,
Repent, believe, and be baptised,
And wash away your sin.

6. Come, children, come, his voice obey,
Salem's bright King has marked the way,
And has a crown prepared:
O then arise and give consent,
Walk in the way that Jesus went,
And have the great reward.

7. Believing children gather round,
And let your joyful songs abound.
With cheerful hearts arise;
See here is water, here is room,
A loving Saviour calling, come,
O children, be baptised.

8. Behold, his servant waiting stands,
With willing heart and ready hands
To wait upon the Bride;
Ye candidates your hearts prepare,
And let us join in solemn prayer,
Down by the water side.

Lyrics from A Collection of Sacred Hymns for the Use of the Latter Day Saints, 1844

1. Salem's bright King, Jesus by name
In ancient times to Jordan came
All righteousness to fill
All righteousness to fill;
'Twas there an ancient prophet stood,
Whose name was John, a man of God,
To do his master's will,
To do his master's will.

2. The holy Jesus did demand
His right to be baptized then,
The prophet gave consent
The prophet gave consent;
On Jordan's banks they did appear,
And lo, John and his Master dear,
Then down the bank they went,
Then down the bank they went.

3. Down in old Jordan's rolling stream,
The prophet led the holy Lamb,
And there did him baptize
And there did him baptize:
Jehovah saw his darling Son,
And was well pleased in what he'd done,
And owned him from the skies,
And owned him from the skies.

4. The op'ning heaven now complies,
The Holy Ghost like lightning flies,
Down from the courts above
Down from the courts above:
And on the holy heav'nly Lamb,
The Spirit lights and does remain,
In shape like a fair dove,
In shape like a fair dove.

5. This is my Son, Jehovah cries,
The echoing voice from glory flies,
O, children, hear ye him
O, children, hear ye him;
Hark! 'tis his voice, behold he cries,
Repent, believe, and be baptized,
And wash away your sin,
And wash away your sin.

6. Come, children, come, his voice obey,
Salem's bright King has marked the way,
And has a crown prepared
And has a crown prepared:
O then arise and give consent,
Walk in the way that Jesus went,
And have the great reward,
And have the great reward.

7. Believing children gather round,
And let your joyful songs abound,
With cheerful hearts arise
With cheerful hearts arise;
See, here is water, here is room,
A loving Savior calling, come,
O children, be baptized,
O children, be baptized.

8. Behold, his servant waiting stands,
With willing heart and ready hands
To wait upon the Bride
To wait upon the Bride:
Ye candidates your hearts prepare,
And let us join in solemn prayer,
Down by the water side,
Down by the water side.

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