Gently Raise the Sacred Strain

Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


1. Gently raise the sacred strain,

For the Sabbath’s come again

That man may rest,

That man may rest,

And return his thanks to God

For his blessings to the blest,

For his blessings to the blest.

2. Holy day, devoid of strife—

Let us seek eternal life,

That great reward,

That great reward,

And partake the sacrament

In remembrance of our Lord,

In remembrance of our Lord.

3. Sweetly swells the solemn sound

While we bring our gifts around

Of broken hearts,

Of broken hearts,

As a willing sacrifice,

Showing what his grace imparts,

Showing what his grace imparts.

4. Holy, holy is the Lord.

Precious, precious is his word:

Repent and live,

Repent and live;

Tho your sins be crimson red,

Oh, repent, and he’ll forgive.

Oh, repent, and he’ll forgive.

Text: William W. Phelps, 1792–1872

Music: Thomas C. Griggs, 1845–1903

Doctrine and Covenants 59:8–12

Isaiah 1:16–18