We learned this song from a visitors' introductory film at the Mormon visitors' center in Independence, Mo. We easily recognized Hal Cannon of the Deseret String Band as the singer. Levi Hancock, a prominent Mormon settler in Jackson County in the early 1830s, is credited with writing the poetry, which Hal set to an old tune.
Here, far in the realm of Missouri |
I sit and sing and tell thee a story
Of how many trials I have crossed o'er
Before I found this dwelling in peace.
Here in my grove, where water is springing
Here in my fields all things are growing
The ground is covered here with strawberries
May we love God forever and ever