I Did Not See Temple Spires - an original hymn for SATB voices
SATB - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Kevin G. Pace, Kathryn W. Hales. Christian, Sacred, Praise & Worship, Latter-Day Saints, General Worship. 3 pages. Published by Kevin G. Pace (S0.246981).
Item Number: S0.246981
An original hymn with text by Kathryn Hales below.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/w68JlvntMjc
I did not see the vision,
Nor dream a prophet’s dream,
I only saw the barren desert
Stretch forth upon the scene.
I was not there when Brigham’s cane
Touched the virgin ground
Naming the spot the Lord had shown
Where a temple would be found.
I did not hear the Lord’s own voice
As over ocean waves I tossed,
Nor spared the death of loved ones dear
As the vast plains I crossed.
I only felt the Holy Spirit
Telling me the work was true,
So I obeyed the prophetic words
Until my trek was through.
I helped dig the rocky soil
Before the foundation was laid
Then with shovel filled the gaping hole
Before Johnston’s army stayed.
I did not see the temple’s spires
I only saw the walls,
I only shaped the granite stones
With hammer, chisel, maul.
I coaxed oxen through the mud
To move stones down a mountain side,
I watched our leaders grow old in years,
No temple finished before they died.
Now soon I too will join them
Though I’ve labored oh so long,
I’ll not see the rising spires
Or sing praises in Hosanna song.
I’m just a common earthly man,
A laborer in a cause so great,
To generations yet unborn,
I’m not one you’ll appreciate.
Through the years I’ve toiled and sweat,
Shared blood and grief and tears,
Obeyed the prophet’s call to serve
Listened in faith, not fear.
Please do not take for granted
As you walk through these carved doors,
Or hear the echo of carpenters
From stairs or roof or floors
The love and work that went into
Many years of toil and prayer,
Feel our spirits in the halls
As you enter there.
Though the structure’s end I’ll not see,
To others who this path may trod,
Go forth with diligence and faithTill we finish the work of God.
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