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Favorite Hymns of All 16 Latter-day Prophets


Joseph F. Smith

"Uphold the Right"

Favorite Hymns of All 16 Latter-day Prophets

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In a eulogy in memory of President Joseph F. Smith, President Heber J. Grant reminisced that "Uphold the Right, Though Fierce the Fight" was President Smith's favorite hymn. He reports:

"I asked [President Smith] one day, which was his favorite hymn, and he said he did not have any. I said, 'Well, Brother Lyman told me I ought to have one. I wish you would select one.' 'Well,' he said, 'I think I would hardly care to, but perhaps I am partial to the hymn by that heroic little soul, Sister Emily Hill Woodmansee, entitled, 'Uphold the Right.'"

The lyrics of the first verse went like this:

Uphold the right, tho' fierce the fight,
And pow'rful is the foe;
As freedom's friend, her cause defend,
Nor fear nor favor show.
No coward can be called a man--
No friend will friends betray;
Who would be free alert must be;
Indifference will not pay.

This song, written by Sister Emily Hill Woodmansee, hasn't been printed as an LDS hymn since the 1927 version of the hymnal. 

Learn more in The Improvement Era (1919).

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