Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

First line: Oh, how lovely was the morning / O how lovely was the morning! / Oh, how lovely was the morning! Radiant beamed / Oh, how lovely was the morning! Radiant beamed the sun

Original language: English

Words: George Manwaring
Music: Sylvanus Billings Pond


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Adapt.: A. C. Smyth


1. Oh, how lovely was the morning!Radiant beamed the sun above.Bees were humming, sweet birds singing,Music ringing thru the grove,When within the shady woodlandJoseph sought the God of love,When within the shady woodlandJoseph sought the God of love.
2. Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing—’Twas the boy’s first uttered prayer—When the pow’rs of sin assailingFilled his soul with deep despair;But undaunted, still he trustedIn his Heav’nly Father’s care,But undaunted, still he trustedIn his Heav’nly Father’s care.
3. Suddenly a light descended,Brighter far than noonday sun,And a shining, glorious pillarO’er him fell, around him shone,While appeared two heav’nly beings,God the Father and the Son,While appeared two heav’nly beings,God the Father and the Son.
4. “Joseph, this is my Beloved;Hear him!” Oh, how sweet the word!Joseph’s humble prayer was answered,And he listened to the Lord.Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,For he saw the living God,Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,For he saw the living God.

These charts show the use of this song in English hymnbooks and other collections published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 10

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 19

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, Jan 2018

Arr.: Shelley Hannig

Contributor: Shelley Hannig

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, Jan 2017

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, 2

Artist: Ogden Institute Choir; Alan T. Saunders (director); Edward Poston (piano)

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, 1

Artist: Congregation; Stephanie Morgan (conductor); Richard Clinger (organ)

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, 1

Artist: Congregation; Reagan Gabbitas (conductor); Bonnie Goodliffe (organ)

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Jonathan Meyers; Savannah Porter; CJ Madsen (piano); Karen Ferry (violin); Charles Ferry (cello)

Arr.: Kendra Lowe

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, May 1973

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Arr.: Margaret C. Richards

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (Simplified)

, Jan 2017

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (April 2008)

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Missionaries from the Provo MTC

Arr.: James C. Kasen

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Young Women choir

Arr.: James C. Kasen

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Young Women choir

Arr.: James C. Kasen

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Young Women choir

Arr.: James C. Kasen

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 284

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 288

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Mack Wilberg

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Combined Institute choir

Arr.: J. Spencer Cornwall

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Relief Society choir

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 222

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

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Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Polynesian Choir from the Salt Lake Valley

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Murray Region Family Choir

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Primary choir; Clark Utterback (solo); Clay Christiansen (organ); Susan Kenney (director)

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

O How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Relief Society choir

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 14

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 322

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, no. 239

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, no. 12

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, no. 304

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Young Women choir

Oh, How Lovely Was The Morning

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Artist: Primary choir

O How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

O How Lovely Was The Morning

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Artist: Primary choir

O How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Choir from Ricks College

O How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Ogden Institute of Religion Combined Choruses

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Aaronic Priesthood choir

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, no. 89

Oh How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh How Lovely Was the Morning

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Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, no. 26a

Oh, How Lovely was the Morning

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning (Joseph Smith’s First Prayer)

, 136

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 112

Arr.: N. Lorenzo Mitchell

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 34

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (Transposed)

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (Transposed)

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (Transposed)

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (Transposed)

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 114

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 114

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 114

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 114

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 114

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 87

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 87

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 87

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 27

Arr.: A. C. Smyth

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Artist: Utah Valley Institute Singers; Ryan Eggett (director); Unknown (piano)

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, Jan 2018

Arr.: Beth Emmers

Contributor: Beth Emmers

Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning

, Jan 2012

Arr.: Tami N. Petersen

Contributor: Tami N. Petersen

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

In the Grove

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Adapt.: Clarice Hanson

Other Restoration-Based Denominations

In the Grove

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Other Restoration-Based Denominations

In the Grove

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Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Arr.: Evan Stephens

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

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Arr.: Evan Stephens

Joseph Smith’s First Prayer

, no. 78a

Adapt.: A. C. Smyth

Unofficial or Local Publications

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