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What Is Your Favorite Rarely Sung Hymn From The Lds Green Hymnbook?


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Mine is If You Could Hie to Kolob.

I agree with your choice, I have the words of this poem then song on my wall in my bedroom, wishing I had been ten one to have written such a powerful hymn. I have a lot with W. W. Phelps who wrote it, we are both poets and both not the best looking men on earth. My wife says I am a better writer and better looking than him...then I give her $100.00 to go shopping. :) Edited by Bill “Papa” Lee
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Mine is If You Could Hie to Kolob.

I like that song, but "More Holiness Give Me. #131 as sung by Jenny Phillips on youtube was of great comfort to me when I was timidly finding my way from Islam to the church. There were many times that the song calmed me when I was most uncertain.
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I have to go with "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing", likely from the old blue hymnbook. There is also an even older red hymnbook which contains "De Camptown Races" with words in the original dialect.

De Camptown ladies sing dis song

CHORUS: Doo-dah! doo-dah!

De Camptown race-track fives miles long--

CHORUS: Oh! doo-dah day!

I come down dah wid my hat caved in--

CHORUS: Doo-dah! doo-dah!

I go back home wid a pocket full of tin--

CHORUS: Oh! doo-dah day!

CHORUS: Gwine to run all night!

Gwine to run all day!

I'll bet my money on de bob-tail nag--

Somebody bet on de bay.

De long tail filly and de big black hoss--

CHORUS: Doo-dah! doo-dah!

Dey fly de track and dey both cut across--

CHORUS: Oh! doo-dah day!

De blind hoss sticken in a big mud hole--

CHORUS: Doo-dah! doo-dah!

Can't touch bottom wid a ten foot pole--

CHORUS: Oh! doo-dah day!

etc.

I would LOVE to hear that sung in sacrament meeting though iirc, the red hymnbook was divided into sections for the appropriate occasion like Primary or festive gatherings etc.

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I'm tempted to say, all the Easter hymns, since our ward never sings more than one or two per year. Instead, I'll list, Lord We Come Before Thee Now, That Easter Morn, and O Savior Thou That Wearest a Crown.

I have to admit i was slightly miffed on Easter Sunday this year when one of only two Easter hymns sung was I Stand All Amazed. Now true, that's not one of my favorite songs to begin with, but what really bugged me was that we sing it all the time as a sacrament hymn, while we only ever get to sing Easter songs on Easter, and then usually only 2 per year.

I'm not saying it wasn't an appropriate song, i just hated losing the opportunity to sing those beautiful Easter hymns that are so rarely chosen.

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For whatever reason, in our ward we sing "If You Could Hie to Kolob" every few months. Must be a fave of the ward music director.

In the old blue book, for some reason I remember "Each Cooing Dove", but never recall singing it.

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Yesterday I had a dream that I was at church and the opening “hymn” was Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

I love that piece! I love watching a good organist going at it, too. Especially one using both hands and both feet (on the bass peddles).

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There was a hymn which we never seemed to sing in the US, but on my mission I noticed that the German congregations would sing it quite a bit. It is Hark All Ye Nations, hymn #264. I can sing the German version (at least the first verse) without needing to read it.

Recently, however, this hymn has been sung a few times in my own ward, and I think the Tab Choir sung it for Gen Conf this month, too. Whenever we sang it in our ward, I would launch into the German, to my wife's chagrin. :D She is native German, but only knows the hymn in English, and only when reading the words in the hymnbook. I do the same thing when we sing A Mighty Fortress. She knows that one, at least, having learned it as a little girl in Germany.

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