Ye Simple Souls Who Stray

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


Calmly

1. Ye simple souls who stray

Far from the path of peace,

That lonely, unfrequented way

To life and happiness,

Why will ye folly love,

And throng the downward road,

And hate the wisdom from above,

And mock the sons of God?

2. Madness and misery

Ye count our life beneath,

And nothing great or good can see

Or glorious in our death.

But thru the Holy Ghost

We witness better things,

For he whose blood is all our boast

Has made us priests and kings.

3. Riches unsearchable

In Jesus’ love we know,

And pleasures springing from the well

Of life our souls o’erflow.

As we seek heav’nly bliss,

Angels our steps attend,

And God himself our Father is,

And Jesus is our Friend.

4. With him we walk in white;

We in his image shine;

Our robes are robes of glorious light,

Our righteousness divine.

On all the kings of earth

With pity we look down

And claim, in virtue of our birth,

A never-fading crown.

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707–1788, adapted

Music: Evan Stephens, 1854–1930

Alma 5:37–38

Revelation 1:5–6

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