#36 They, the Builders of the Nation

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1. They, the builders of the nation,
Blazing trails along the way;
Stepping-stones for generations
Were their deeds of ev’ry day.
Building new and firm foundations,
Pushing on the wild frontier,
Forging onward, ever onward,
Blessed, honored Pioneer!

2. Service ever was their watchcry;
Love became their guiding star;
Courage, their unfailing beacon,
Radiating near and far.
Ev’ry day some burden lifted,
Ev’ry day some heart to cheer,
Ev’ry day some hope the brighter,
Blessed, honored Pioneer!

3. As an ensign to the nation,
They unfurled the flag of truth,
Pillar, guide, and inspiration
To the hosts of waiting youth.
Honor, praise, and veneration
To the founders we revere!
List our song of adoration,
Blessed, honored Pioneer!

Text: Ida R. Alldredge, 1892-1943. (c) 1948 IRI
Music: Alfred M. Durham, 1872-1957. (c) 1948 IRI

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Ida Romney Alldredge (07 January 1892 – 14 June 1943) was the author of the Latter-day Saint hymn “They the Builders of the Nation”.

Alldredge wrote many poems for the Relief Society Magazine and the Juvenile Instructor.[2] She is credited with having written over 30 poems in the 1920s and 1930s.[3] Alldredge wrote more than 400 poems in total as well as many musical works and a few dramatic works.[4]

Her lyrics were put to song by such contemporaries as George CarelessB. Cecil Gates, and William Clive. Ida had songs sung in General Conference, in the Salt Lake and Arizona Temples, and at the Arizona Temple dedication of 1927. Isa is probably best know to Latter-day Saints for the text to the hymn “They, the Builders of the Nation.”

One of Ida’s last big moments was for Easter sunrise services at the Arizona Temple in 1940. A chorus was gathered on the roof of the Arizona Temple. They sang a cantata written by her and composed by B. Cecil Gates called “Resurrection Morning”.