When Shall We All Meet Again?

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"Sung at the General Conference of the Latter Day Saints, in the City of New York, as six of their Elders, viz: B. Young H.. C. Kimball, O. Pratt, G. A. Smith, R. Hadlock and P. P. Pratt, were about to sail for Europe. They took passage on board the Ship Patrick Henry, for Liverpool, and sailed on the 7th March, 1840."[1] This hymn was written a few days before the vessel sailed.[2]


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

Hymn 220
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1. When shall we all meet again?
When shall we our rest obtain?
When our pilgrimage be o'er -
Parting sighs be known no more?
When mount Zion we regain,
There may we all meet again.

2. We to foreign climes repair,
Truth the message which we bear;
Truth, which angels oft have borne,
Truth to comfort those who mourn,
Truth eternal will remain;
On its rock we'll meet again.

3. Now the bright and Morning Star
Spreads its glorious light afar -
Kindles up the rising dawn
Of that bright Millennial morn,
When the Saints shall rise and reign,
In the clouds we'll meet again.

4. When the sons of Israel come,
When they build Jerusalem,
When the house of God is reared,
And Messiah's way prepared;
When from heaven he comes to reign,
There may we all meet again.

5. When the earth is cleansed by fire,
When the wicked's hopes expire;
When in cold oblivion's shade,
Proud oppressors all are laid,
Long will Zion's mount remain,
There may we all meet again.


  1. Times and Seasons i. p. 111 (Nauvoo, Illinois, May, 1840)
  2. History of Utah: 1540 - 1886, 1889 p. 406