Friday, February 11, 2011

All is Well

William Clayton (1814-1879) wrote the lyrics to one of my favorite songs. Every time I hear "Come Come Ye Saints," I think of the town, Enterprise, Utah, where my dad's from. This song was a staple at the 24th of July Program held there every year when I was a kid. I also think of my pioneer ancestors who sacrificed and struggled for a better life.

This hymn was put to English folk music and became a staple in our Mormon hymn book. I love it and felt it was appropriate to some of the struggles we are all going through lately. I love the hope it gives for better things to come.

Come, Come Ye Saints
"Come, come, ye Saints, no toil or labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.

'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this and joy your hearts will swell —
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?

Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell —
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West.
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the Saints will be blessed.

We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell —
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!

But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain;
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell —
All is well! All is well!"

Copyright 2011 Corrina L. Terry
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Lyric credit: William Clayton, LDS Hymns, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


  1. This is one of the 5 songs I can play perfectly on the harmonica, therefore it is a favorite of mine too.

  2. Thanks for the reminder of the words to this song, and that we can strive and keep striving!