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Ye Elders of Israel (Men)
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Ye Elders of Israel

Men

Boldly

1. Ye elders of Israel, come join now with me

And seek out the righteous, where’er they may be—

In desert, on mountain, on land, or on sea—

And bring them to Zion, the pure and the free.

[Chorus]

O Babylon, O Babylon, we bid thee farewell;

We’re going to the mountains of Ephraim to dwell.

2. The harvest is great, and the lab’rers are few;

But if we’re united, we all things can do.

We’ll gather the wheat from the midst of the tares

And bring them from bondage, from sorrows and snares.

[Chorus]

O Babylon, O Babylon, we bid thee farewell;

We’re going to the mountains of Ephraim to dwell.

3. We’ll go to the poor, like our Captain of old,

And visit the weary, the hungry, and cold;

We’ll cheer up their hearts with the news that he bore

And point them to Zion and life evermore.

[Chorus]

O Babylon, O Babylon, we bid thee farewell;

We’re going to the mountains of Ephraim to dwell.

Text: Cyrus H. Wheelock, 1813–1894

Music: Thomas H. Bayly, 1797–1839, adapted

Doctrine and Covenants 133:7–9, 14

Doctrine and Covenants 75:2–5