The Book of Mormon story of the “stripling warriors” has apparently been a favorite of our people for a long, long time. Here it is in musical form, as published in 1887:
And for the sake of search engines:
Words by Joseph L.Townsend.
Music by Edwin F. Parry.
Called from their firesides and dearly loved homes
Nobly responding, they march to the fray,
Out to the land where the Lamanite comes,
By Antipus held at bay.
Noble two thousand yet in their youth,
Fighting for liberty, home and the truth;
Faithful in prayer, battling a-main,
Not one of their number is slain.
Taught from their infancy faith in the Lord,
Early instructed by mothers most dear,
Faithfully, prayerfully, hearts in accord,
Their counsels they now revere.
Charging their enemies, routing their bands,
Onward to victory ever they go,
Asking for strength as their labor demands,
As often they meet the foe.
Many a veteran, old in the war,
Falls by the foe in the desperate fight,
While the recruits never sword drew before,
Yet number none less each night.
O! what examples of faith for the young!
O! what encouragement mothers for you!
Think of their valor when foes you’re among,
As Helaman’s sons be true!