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The Mormons and Their Enemies

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 08, 2012

The Mormons and Their Enemies

By James Bond

Air – Ivy Green.

The Mormons are the happiest set
That can in the world be found –
They’ve often been killed but are living yet
And flourishing all around:
The living wonder of the age
These Mormons seem to be;
Their deeds will shine on history’s page
Through all eternity.
Then hail, my Boys, to the Mormons hail,
Let truth and liberty prevail –
Then hail, my boys, to the Mormons hail,
Let truth and liberty prevail.

Their independence is as great
As their principles are grand;
No wonder, then, that they create
Such stirs throughout the land:
The errors of ages and systems of men
They scatter unto the breeze,
They’ll own no earthly creeds again,
But believe just what they please:
For Mormon creeds are short and bright
And all are summed in this, DO RIGHT –
For Mormon creeds are short and bright
And all are summed in this, DO RIGHT.

But oh! what trouble they’ve given the world
In trying to put them down,
For they come with the gospel banner unfurled,
And thus they gained renown;
Then hireling hypocrites groaned and sweat
As they headed the mobs from hell,
But you see the Mormons are not dead yet,
And they seem to be doing well:
They are gathering home to their Mountain hive
Where by industry still they thrive –
They are gathering home to their Mountain hive
Where by industry still they thrive.

“But then the Lord,” say their pious friends,
With holy zeal inspired,
“Kind providence, his judgments sends
And does what we desired;
Since all our lies and mobs have failed
This spreading faith to stop,
Our prayers have with the Lord prevailed,
And the crickets have eaten their crops.
How the grasshoppers jump and the crickets hop,
As they wage their war on the Mormon’s crop!
How the grasshoppers jump and the crickets hop,
As they wage their war on the Mormon’s crop!”

But the Mormons now and ever pray,
Good Lord stretch forth thy hand,
And crickets and locusts keep away
From this our peaceful land –
But may we never, never be
With gentile locusts cursed,
For of all crickets, you’ll agree
The gentiles are the worst.
For gentile crickets would eat the lives
And homes of Mormons and their wives –
For gentile crickets would eat the lives
And homes of Mormons and their wives.

But the crickets are gone, and the Mormons live
By faith in a right good way,
And to gentiles they would kindly give
The hint to keep away;
For should they pay their visits again,
They will most surely find
The Mormons will themselves maintain
Against CRICKETS of EVERY KIND.
Then go it ye scoffers for slander is cheap,
The Mormons will laugh while their enemies weep –
Then go it ye scoffers for slander is cheap,
The Mormons will laugh while their enemies weep.

(1857)



6 Comments »

  1. Sheet music for the tune:
    http://www.musicofyesterday.com/sheetmusic/I/The_Ivy_Green.php

    The tune dates to 1838, so this one is probably correct. http://www.musicofyesterday.com/sheetmusic/I/The_Ivy_Green.php

    A pretty little tune with melancholy words… no wonder it came to mind for this poet’s message.

    I love this line:
    For Mormon creeds are short and bright
    And all are summed in this, DO RIGHT.

    Comment by Coffinberry — May 8, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  2. Whoopsies. Messed up my second linky: try this

    http://pdmusic.org/russell.html

    Comment by Coffinberry — May 8, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  3. Hmm, not exactly a humble or nuanced testimony. But then, considering what else was going on during 1857, can’t say I’m that surprised by all the aggressive and indignant language.

    Comment by David Y. — May 8, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  4. (Thanks for the links, Coffinberry. I had trouble finding the tune online and couldn’t easily match the text to a standard meter.)

    Comment by David Y. — May 8, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  5. I endorse “crickets” as the new ethnic slur for gentiles. “Persons of locust” would be the polite circumlocution.

    Comment by Adam G. — May 8, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  6. Fascinating.

    Comment by Mina — May 8, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

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