Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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

Original language: English

Words: John Jaques
Music: Ellen Knowles Melling


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 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

X:272 Q:1/4=96 M:4/4 L:1/8 K:F C2 | A2 A3/2G/ F2 F3/2E/ | D2 F- F C2 CC | F2 F3/2G/ A2 GF | G6 yy

X:331 Q:1/4=96 M:4/4 L:1/8 K:Bb clef=treble-8 F2 | d2 d3/2c/ B2 B3/2A/ | G2 B-B F2 FF | B2 B3/2c/ d2 cB | c6 yy

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, 272

Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, 331

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 191

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

O Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh Say, What Is Truth? (October 2016)

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: John Longhurst

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: John Longhurst

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Men of the Tabernacle Choir; Men of the Mormon Youth Chorus

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Melchizedek Priesthood choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Single Adult Choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 239

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Men of the Tabernacle Choir; Men of the Mormon Youth Chorus

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Mormon Youth Chorus

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Combined Institute priesthood choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Men of the Tabernacle Choir; Men of the Mormon Youth Chorus

Arr.: A. Laurence Lyon

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: John Longhurst

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, 331

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh Say, What Is Truth? (Men’s Choir)

, 331

O Say What is Truth

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Artist: Combined men’s choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 252

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

, no. 317

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Men of the Tabernacle Choir; Men of the Mormon Youth Chorus

O Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Combined Institute priesthood choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

O Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Salt Lake Valley Young Adult Priesthood Choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Artist: Primary Leaders Chorus

O Say What Is Truth

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Artist: Combined Institute choir

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh, Say, What Is Truth

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Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Oh Say, What is Truth? (Male Chorus)

, 339

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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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

Oh Say, What is Truth?

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O Say, What Is Truth?

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Arr.: J. Spencer Cornwall

O Say, What is Truth?

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

O Say, What is Truth?

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Arr.: B. Cecil Gates

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O Say, What is Truth?

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O Say, What is Truth?

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O Say, What is Truth?

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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O Say, What Is Truth?

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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O, say what is truth?

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Artist: Tabernacle Choir

O say, what is truth?

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Artist: Tabernacle Choir

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Artist: Tabernacle Choir

O say, what is Truth?

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Artist: Tabernacle Choir

Unofficial or Local Publications

O Say, What is Truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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O, Say, What Is Truth?

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Arr.: Evan Stephens

O, Say, What Is Truth?

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Arr.: Evan Stephens

Unofficial or Local Publications

Oh Say, What Is Truth?

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Unofficial or Local Publications

Oh! say what is truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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O say what is truth: ’Tis the fairest gem

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

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O say what is truth? ’Tis the fairest gem

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