#220 Lord, I Would Follow Thee

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1. Savior, may I learn to love thee,
Walk the path that thou hast shown,
Pause to help and lift another,
Finding strength beyond my own.
Savior, may I learn to love thee–

Lord, I would follow thee.

2. Who am I to judge another
When I walk imperfectly?
In the quiet heart is hidden
Sorrow that the eye can’t see.
Who am I to judge another?

3. I would be my brother’s keeper;
I would learn the healer’s art.
To the wounded and the weary
I would show a gentle heart.
I would be my brother’s keeper–

4. Savior, may I love my brother
As I know thou lovest me,
Find in thee my strength, my beacon,
For thy servant I would be.
Savior, may I love my brother–

Text: Susan Evans McCloud, b. 1945. (c) 1985 IRI
Music: K. Newell Dayley, b. 1939. (c) 1985 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: Susan Evans McCloud

Susan Evans McCloud (born July 28, 1945) is an American novelist, author, poet, hymnwriter, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


Two of McCloud’s hymns appear in the LDS Church’s 1985 hymnbook. One of these, “Lord I Would Follow Thee,” has also been recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.[4] Lines from this hymn have been quoted in the LDS community,[5] and it has even been called “one of the best-loved songs in the LDS Church”[6] McCloud wrote her other hymn, “As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days,” with the goal of giving strength to a “vacillating youth.”[7]

McCloud has also contributed to film music used by the seminaries of the LDS Church.[8]


McCloud has published more than 45 books.[9] Since the late 1970s she has published nearly one novel annually, many through the publishers Bookcraft or Scribe Publishing. Her novelBlack Stars Over Mexico was a best seller in January 1985.[10] Brigham Young: An Inspiring Personal Biography was partly developed as a result of her 30 years as a docent at theBeehive House.[11] McCloud also wrote a book on love with Randy Jernigan.[12]

Many of her novels are historical fiction of 19th-century Latter-day Saints in far-flung places, such as England or India. Some reviewers have criticized her novels as being pro-Mormon and repetitious of previous themes.[13] Her work has been reviewed by Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought[14] and Sunstone Review, where it also received some criticism.[15] Although rejected by some critics, her work is praised by others, such as LDS commentator and Deseret News columnist Jerry Johnston.[16]

McCloud’s poetry first appeared in the Ensign magazine in 1972.

McCloud has also written scripts for film and TV productions, including the script for making one of her books into a made for TV movie.[17]

Music By: K. Newell Dayley

K. Newell Dayley (born 1939) is a prominent Latter Day Saint composerhymnwriter and musician. He was a professor of music at Brigham Young University (BYU) and later served as the associate academic vice president for undergraduate studies at that institution. He retired from BYU in September 2007.[1]

Dayley is married to Diane Wilcox and they are the parents of eight children.

Dayley received his bachelors degree from BYU in 1964.[2] He received his MM degree from the University of Souther California in 1966 and a DA from the University of Northern Colorado in 1986.[3]

Dayley joined the BYU faculty in 1967.[4] Dayley was the first director of the BYU jazz ensemble, Synthesis. He also directed the brass ensemble and other organizations as well as many musical theatre productions. He has taught classes from trumpet to music theory and from film scoring to music business.[5]

On the trumpet Dayley has performed with the Utah Symphony and many professional ensembles.[5] He also has performed as a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Prior to his appointment as assistant academic vice president, Dayley served as Dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications as well as Chair of the Music Department and Associate Dean of General Education and Honors.[5]

Among his works are “Bring Forth My Zion”, “First You Have A Dream”,[6] the music to LDS hymn # 220 “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”, words and music to “Faith in Every Footstep”, and the music to “I Feel My Savior’s Love”, “Every Star is Different”, “Hum Your Favorite Hymn”, “Home” and “The World Is So Big” in the LDS Church Primary’s Children’s Songbook. Dayley has also written musical sections for passages in the Book of Mormon.[7]

In 2002 Dayley became president of the Church’s BYU 2nd stake, succeeding fellow BYU professor Byron R. Merrill in this position.[8]