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Hymn text based on 3 Nephi 1:10-14; John 20:11-17; D&C 121:1-8, 33; Isaiah 51:9-11
Nephi, Nephi, why do you pray,
bent down in sorrow upon the cold earth?
Listen and hear the sweet voice of the Savior
gently assuring the time of His birth:
Lift up your head and be of good cheer
for this night the sign shall be giv’n,
and on the new morn come I into the world
to fill every promise from Heav’n.

Mary, Mary, why do you weep,
bent down in sorrow outside the stone tomb?
Look and you’ll see the bright figure of Jesus
calmly dispelling the grave’s empty gloom:
Lift up your head and be of good cheer
for this day I go unto God
to free waiting souls from death’s awful chains
and teach them the truth of my word.

Joseph, Joseph, why do you mourn,
bent down in sorrow in Liberty Jail?
Feel the still Spirit descending upon you,
whispering warmly that all will be well.
Lift up your head and be of good cheer,
and let this speak peace to your soul:
The pure, rolling waters of Christ’s restored church
shall run forth and make the world whole.

Children, children, why do you cry,
bent down in sorrow by burdens of sin?
Waken, oh Zion! Take strength, ransomed Israel!
Sing the glad tidings that Christ comes again!
Lift up your heads and be of good cheer
for Jesus has shown us the way,
and just as He came to redeem and restore,
He’ll come to reign o’er us one day.

Contest/publish records:
2006 Church music submissions, hymn text cat., special recognition
Music composed and arranged by Jennette Jay Booth

New Music Submission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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