Isaiah the Prophet
Austin C. Lovelace

Composer Austin C. Lovelace
Text Joy F. Patterson
Voicing SAB, keyboard
Lectionary usage Advent
Topics Justice, Peace
$1.90 (U.S.)
Length 1' 20" Released 7/93
Catalog no. 405-111
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Finally! An appropriate and rewarding new anthem for the season of Advent. Lovelace takes the early American tune SAMANTHRA, and fashions an easily rehearsed setting of Patterson's text (based on a passage from Isaiah).

Isaiah the prophet has written of old
how God's earthly kingdom shall come.
Instead of the thorn tree the fir tree shall grow;
the wolf shall lie down with the lamb.

The mountains and hills shall break forth into song,
the peoples be led forth in peace;
for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of God
as the waters cover the seas.

Yet nations still prey on the meek of the world,
and conflict turns parent from child.
Your peoples despoil all the sweetness of earth,
and the briar and thorn tree grow wild.

Lord, hasten to bring in your kingdom on earth,
when no one shall hurt or destroy;
when wisdom and justice shall reign in the land,
and your people shall go forth in joy.

Joy F. Patterson, 1982.
©1982 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

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"Lovelace uses a tune (Samanthra) from The Southern Harmony. Effective." -AAM Journal, October 1994

"The American folk hymn SAMANTHRA is the basis for this brief setting of a text by Joy Patterson. Unison singing dominates, with most part-singing occurring toward the end of each of the two verses. Each vocal line lies comfortably for the singer. Should organ be the accompanying instrument, an organist adept at modifying "keyboard" parts will be needed for a successful performance. This anthem is easy and accessible to all church choirs. The poetry of the text, incorporating imagery of the lion and lamb, prays for the completion of the reign of God on earth. This anthem is well-suited for Advent, especially with its opening reference to Isaiah, or for any service evoking God's peace and justice on earth." -Choral Journal, April 1997


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