Camp of Israel No. 2

    “Camp of Israel No. 2,” Ensign, July 1997, 41

    Camp of Israel No. 2

    Written on leaving our first Encampment,

    after crossing the Mississippi River.

    Lo! a mighty host of Jacob

    Tented on the western shore

    Of the noble Mississippi,

    Which they had been crossing o’er.

    At the last day-dawn of winter,

    Bound with frost and wrapp’d in snow;

    Hark! the cry is, “Onward! onward!

    Camp of Israel! rise and go.”

    All at once is life and motion—

    Trunks and beds and baggage fly;

    Oxen yok’d, and horses harness’d,

    Tents roll’d up and passing by:

    Soon the carriage wheels are moving

    Onward to a woodland dell,

    Where at sunset all are quarter’d—

    Camp of Israel! all is well.2

    1. The Personal Writings of Eliza Roxey Snow, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher (1995), 115–16; from the Trail Diary, Feb. 1846–May 1847, holograph, Huntington Library, San Marino, California.