The Hymns of David Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo's Tragic "Sweet Singer"
John Whitmer Historical Association Journal
John Whitmer Historical Association
The article discusses David Hyrum Smith, the son of founder of the Latter Day Saint (LDS) movement Joseph Smith, and focuses on his talents as a poet, singer, and hymn writer. His hymns and poetry were written in a romantic style that emphasized concepts such as the exclusive truth of the Latter Day Saint gospel and the imminent Second Coming of Christ that later became deemphasized by Smith's church the Community of Christ, which was know as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) during Smith's lifetime. Specific hymns written by Smith including "Let Us Pray," "Roses and Lilies," and "Shake off the Coals," are described and his talent, charisma, and the role of his love of nature in his hymns is discussed.