Publication date: 1850Publisher: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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This poem, written by Joel H Johnson, became the hymn "High on the Mountain Top."
Sources differ slightly regarding when Johnson wrote this poem. One source states 1850. Another states 19 February 1853.
Johnson showed the poem to John Taylor, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve at that time. Taylor asked if he could keep the poem, and it soon became a favorite hymn within the Church.
"High on the mountain top, A banner is unfurled. Ye nations now look up; It waves to all the world." In Deseret's sweet, peaceful land- On Zion's mount behold it stand! For God remembers still His promise made of old That He on Zion's hill Truth's standard would unfold! Her light should there attract the gaze Of all the world in latter days. His house shall there be reared His glory to display And people shall be heard In distant lands to say We'll now go up and serve the Lord, Obey His truth, and learn His word. For there we shall be taught The law that will go forth, With truth and wisdom fraught To govern all the earth; Forever there His ways we'll tread And save ourselves and all our dead. Then hail to Deseret! A refuge for the good, And safety for the great, If they but understood. That God with plagues will shake the world Till all its thrones shall down be hurled. In Deseret doth truth Rear up its royal head; Though nations may oppose, Still wider it shall spread; Yes, truth and justice, love and grace, In Deseret find ample place,