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To Those Who Came Before Me

About the Song

Church Music Contest: Hymn Text division–2nd place 1990;
Anthem/Hymn Arrangement division–Award of Merit 1993

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Recording featuring vocals by James Loynes:

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Lyrics

To those who came before me in seasons long ago
To those who are the loved-ones that I have yet to know
To those whose noble names I bear,
whose light within me burns
To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned

To those whose lives of courage prepared the way for me
Whose works became my heritage,
whose harvest I may reap
Who left for me a legacy that I have yet to earn
To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned

To those who came before me in days and years long past
To those who are the family that I shall know at last
To those who seek the blessings
of the truth that I have learned*
To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned

*alternate lyrics for heritage tribute theme: Who laid a sure foundation for the truth that I have learned…

4 Comments

  1. Sheila Froendt, Omaha, NE

    Sally,
    Thank you for this very beautiful song. I am a retired grandmother who is working on a musical with my granddaughter about the women’s suffragette movement one hundred years ago. This song is perfect for the women to sing before they go out and vote for the first time in November of 1920. We are planning on a performance at my granddaughter’s school in November of 2018 and if it goes well, maybe at a community theater. I read your FAQ’s about what is permitted use and it seems like that would be all right, but I wanted to make sure. Please let me know if there would be any problem in performing this song in that manner. Thank you very much.

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    • sallydeford

      No problem. Best of luck with it!

      Reply
  2. Dora Gay Anderson

    Sally,
    I want to thank you once again for the most beautiful music and lyrics you have so generously given to us. I love this song and many others you have done. This one fits my heart as I love doing family history work for my ancestors and it also expresses my love for my ancestors who founded this free country where the gospel could be restored.
    Thanks you so much for sharing the wonderful talent Heavenly Father has given you.
    We plan to sing this as a ward choir in the month of July which fits both the celebration of our country and our pioneers.
    Love,
    Dora Gay Anderson in Alamosa, CO.

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  3. Cindy

    Three women sang this in Sacrament meeting in July as part of Pioneer music – in unison. The pianist said, and I agree, that this is a great song to push out temptation, because it really gets stuck in your head! It would be a great youth pioneer trek theme song! Thanks so much!

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