Oh Say, What Is Truth?

Oh say, what is truth? / Oh say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem That the / Oh say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem / O say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem / O say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem That the riches / O say, what is truth?

Original language: English

Words: John Jaques
Music: Ellen Knowles Melling

Transcribed by Samuel Bradshaw from public domain sources, unless otherwise noted.

O say, what is Truth? ’Tis the fairest gem
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1. O say, what is Truth? ’Tis the fairest gemThat the riches of worlds can produce;And priceless the value of truth will be, whenThe proud monarch’s costliest diademIs counted but dross and refuse.
2. Yes, say, what is truth? ’Tis the brightest prizeTo which mortals or Gods can aspire:Go search in the depths where it glittering lies,Or ascend in pursuit to the loftiest skies;’Tis an aim for the noblest desire.
3. The sceptre may fall from the despot’s grasp,When with winds of stern justice he copes,But the pillar of truth will endure to the last,And its firm-rooted bulwarks outstand the rude blastAnd the wreck of the fell tyrant’s hopes.
4. Then, say, what is truth? ’Tis the last and the first,For the limits of time it steps o’er:Though the heavens depart, and the earth’s fountains burst,Truth, the sum of existence will weather the worst,Eternal, unchanged, evermore.

These charts show information about the frequency and use of this song in English LDS hymnbooks. If a song appears in multiple editions of the same hymnbook, it is only counted once. [undetermined] means that tune information has not yet been entered in.

Tunes that have appeared with this song in English

Appearances of this song over time in English

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 272

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, no. 331

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 35

O Say, What Is Truth?

, 22

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 191

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 272

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, no. 331

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 272

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, no. 331

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 25

Oh, Say, What Is Truth

, 116

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 143

Oh Say, What is Truth? (Male Chorus)

, 339

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 143

Oh Say, What is Truth? (Male Chorus)

, 339

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 143

Oh Say, What is Truth? (Male Chorus)

, 339

O Say, What Is Truth?

, 143

O Say, What is Truth?

, 339

O Say, What is Truth?

, 191

O Say, What is Truth?

, 44

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

, 44

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

, 44

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

, 44

Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O Say, What is Truth?

, 76

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 312

O Say, What Is Truth?

, 4

Videos from General Conference


About the tune composer

Ellen Knowles Melling

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 313

About the tune composer

Anon.

Oh Say, What is Truth?

, 42

O, Say, What Is Truth?

, 49

Arr.: Evan Stephens

O, Say, What Is Truth?

, 49

Arr.: Evan Stephens

O say what is truth?

, 168

O say, what is Truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O, say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 59

O say, what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

, 58

Oh! say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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