When Joseph Saw His Brethren Moved

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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 249
1. When Joseph saw his brethren moved
With keenest sorrow and distress,
He could no longer hide his love,
His warm emotions more suppress.

2. The mystery he did unfold,
Then fell upon their necks in tears,
I am your brother whom ye sold,
Dismiss your doubts, dispel your fears.

3. 'Twas God that sent me by command,
To save you from the famine sore,
To bring you into Egypt's land,
Where you shall never hunger more.

4. What mingled feelings seized their breasts,
Surprise, and grief, and joy, and love,
And shame, and sorrow, and distress
Alternate, did their feelings move.

5. Lo! this a lively type shall be
Of Joseph's remnant long unknown,
The Gentiles shall their glory see,
When to their brethren they're made known.

6. A curse, a bye-word long they've been,
Afflicted by the Gentile race,
Plundered and driven, sold and slain,
Or brought to shame and deep disgrace.

7. But lo! their origin revealed,
Brings blessings on the Gentile world,
Their ancient records, long concealed,
Are like a banner now unfurled.