Isaiah Gave the Promise

Author: John Core

John Core ( is a music librarian at West Virginia University in Morgantown and is also a hymn text writer. He is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a life member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His hymn texts are published in Shores of Thought and Feeling (Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., 2000. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Isaiah gave the promise
Title: Isaiah Gave the Promise
Author: John Core
Language: English
Copyright: Scripture adapt. © 2005 John Core



Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed the tune in 1835 for use at a missions festival at Blackburn, Lancashire, England. For that festival, which celebrated the three-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation in England, the tune was set to Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) “From Greenland's Icy Mountains.”…

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