#114 Come unto Him

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1. I wander through the still of night,
When solitude is ev’rywhere–
Alone, beneath the starry light,
And yet I know that God is there.
I kneel upon the grass and pray;
An answer comes without a voice.
It takes my burden all away
And makes my aching heart rejoice.

2. When I am filled with strong desire
And ask a boon of him, I see
No miracle of living fire,
But what I ask flows into me.
And when the tempest rages high
I feel no arm around me thrust,
But ev’ry storm goes rolling by
When I repose in him my trust.

3. It matters not what may befall,
What threat’ning hand hangs over me;
He is my rampart through it all,
My refuge from mine enemy.
Come unto him all ye depressed,
Ye erring souls whose eyes are dim,
Ye weary ones who long for rest.
Come unto him! Come unto him!

Text: Theodore E. Curtis, 1872-1957
Music: Hugh W. Dougall, 1872-1963

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Daniel Lyman Carter (aka Dan Carter) (born 1955) is a composer/songwriter. Much of his work reflects his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or “Mormon” Church). He was born in 1955 in Caldwell, Idaho.

His compositions include “As Now We Take the Sacrament” (Hymns 1985, no. 169), as well as “A Young Man Prepared” and “The Shepherd’s Carol” (Children’s Songbook pp. 166, 40, respectively). In 1996 Carter was commissioned to compose “Come unto Christ, the Holy One of Israel” for the LDS Church’s Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1997. In 1993 he received a commission to compose “Refuge and Rest,” a multimedia oratorio to commemorate the July 1996 Sesquicentennial Celebration of Winter Quarters. Later that year “Refuge and Rest” was expanded to include the Mormon pioneers‘ exodus from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley. It performed numerous times in Utah in 1997 under the title “Seasons of Faith.”

Carter has contributed several dozen compositions to LDS Church magazines since the late 1970s. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed some of his works including “Come unto Him,” “The Pledge of Allegiance,” and “Come unto Christ, the Holy One of Israel.”

“Shine for Me Again, Star of Bethlehem,” a Christmas song collaboration in 1981 with lyricist Sherri Otteson Bird, remains a best seller throughout the LDS Church.

Carter worked as a member of the LDS Church’s General Music Committee from 1986 to 2004. He traveled to regional LDS Church music workshops speaking and teaching in many subject areas. He contributed an article on Church music policy to the Ensign magazine.[1]

His choral group, “Dan Carter Singers” performed for approximately 10 years throughout Utah and other regional locations, in churches and communities. The group’s focus was to perform new, inspiring LDS music. The group recorded one CD in 1996 titled, “Come unto Him — Music by Dan Carter.”

He has over 350 pieces of music in print and continues to compose and publish. More recently his musical works focus on music for theatrical productions.