Brigham Young, Lion of the Lord
DESCRIPTION: "The opening seals announce the day By prophets long foretold, When all in one triumphant lay Will join to praise the Lord. Brigham Young is the lion of the Lord, the prophet and revealer of his word, The mouthpiece of God and to all mankind."
EARLIEST DATE: 1946 (Hubbard)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
1801-1877 - Life of Brigham Young
1832 - Young becomes a Mormon
1844 - Young becomes leader of the Mormons
1847 - Mormon migration to Utah
1850 - Young made Governor of Utah territory. From 1857, however, the U.S. Government enforced various restrictions on the Mormons and their governor, mostly in response to polygamy.
FOUND IN: US(Ro)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Hubbard, #206, "Brigham Young, Lion of the Lord" (1 short text)
cf. "Brigham Young (I)" (character of Brigham Young) and references there
NOTES [104 words]: The "opening seals" is probably a reference to the Revelation to John, chapters 6-8, where seven seals portend the end of the world.
The description of Brigham Young as a lion has all sorts of metaphorical significance; he divided the flock (after the death of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Church split half a dozen ways, with Young managing to control the largest fragment); he caused them to live in the desert (it was Young who sent the Mormons to Utah), and he was harsh, violent, and unforgiving to his enemies. For some details on that, see the notes to "Brigham Young"; also "The Mountain Meadows Massacre" [Laws B19]. - RBW
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