1. In remembrance of thy suff’ring,
Lord, these emblems we partake,
When thyself thou gav’st an off’ring,
Dying for the sinner’s sake.
We’ve forgiven as thou biddest
All who’ve trespassed against us.
Lord, forgive, as we’ve forgiven,
All thou seest amiss in us.
2. Purify our hearts, our Savior;
Let us go not far astray,
That we may be counted worthy
Of thy Spirit day by day.
When temptations are before us,
Give us strength to overcome.
Always guard us in our wand’rings
Till we leave our earthly home.
3. When thou comest in thy glory
To this earth to rule and reign,
And with faithful ones partakest
Of the bread and wine again,
May we be among the number
Worthy to surround the board,
And partake anew the emblems
Of the suff’rings of our Lord.
Evan Stephens (1854-1930) was a Welsh composer, conductor, and teacher. Born in Pencader, Carmarthenshire, Wales, he emigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1866. He directed the vocal music program at the University of Utah from 1885 to 1900, and directed the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 1890 to 1916. Stephens is remembered for his many contributions to the cultural growth of the state of Utah, his leadership of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and for the numerous hymns and songs he composed. - from the Library of Congress authority file Go to person page >