The Iron Rod

First line: To Nephi, seer of olden time, A vision / To Nephi, seer of olden time, A vision came from God / To Nephi, seer of olden time

Original language: English

Words: Joseph L. Townsend
Music: William Clayson


The Iron Rod
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1. To Nephi, seer of olden time,A vision came from God,Wherein the holy word sublimeWas shown an iron rod.
[Chorus]Hold to the rod, the iron rod;’Tis strong, and bright, and true.The iron rod is the word of God;’Twill safely guide us through.
2. While on our journey here below,Beneath temptation’s pow’r,Through mists of darkness we must go,In peril ev’ry hour.
3. And when temptation’s pow’r is nigh,Our pathway clouded o’er,Upon the rod we can rely,And heaven’s aid implore.
4. And, hand o’er hand, the rod along,Through each succeeding day,With earnest prayer and hopeful song,We’ll still pursue our way.
5. Afar we see the golden restTo which the rod will guide,Where, with the angels bright and blest,Forever we’ll abide.

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:274 Q:1/4=96 M:3/4 L:1/8 K:D D2 | A3/2A/ AG FG | A4 F2 | ED A2 G2 | F4 yy

The Iron Rod

, no. 194

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

The Iron Rod

, Jan 2018

Arr.: Rachel P. Mohlman

Contributor: Rachel P. Mohlman

The Iron Rod (Simplified)

, Jun 2017

Unofficial or Local Publications

The Iron Rod

, 12

Artist: BYU Men’s Chorus

Arr.: Ronald Staheli

The Iron Rod

, 3

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

The Iron Rod

, 4

Artist: Priesthood choir from BYU

Arr.: Ronald Staheli

The Iron Rod

, 3

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: A. Laurence Lyon

The Iron Rod

, 4

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

Arr.: Darwin Wolford

The Iron Rod

, 274

The Iron Rod

, 274

To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time

, 186

To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time

, 186

To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time

, 186

To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time

, 186

To Nephi, Seer of Olden Time

, 186

The Iron Rod

, 1

Artist: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Arr.: Robert Galbraith