Although there is some thought that Eliza R. Snow may have penned “Praie to the Man”, it is generally acknowledged that W.W. Phelps was the author and included it in his eulogy at Joseph’s funeral.
I lean towards the latter, after reading of the apostasy by Phelps and the ensuing harm it did to Joseph and the church, then the repentance and the warm letter of forgiveness that Joseph penned to Phelps.
It is a wonderful tribute to a great man. And he is still working for us on the other side.
Comment by Glenn Thigpen — March 13, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
The memorial in the background was only 35 years old at this time. Ironic that this poem was published almost exactly on the 30-th anniversary of the completion of what is today JS biggest monument, the Hotel Utah.
Comment by The Other Clark — March 14, 2013 @ 2:02 pm