Isaiah the prophet has written of oldAuthor: Joy F. Patterson (1982)
Published in 13 hymnals
Audio files: MIDI, Recording
1 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.
2 Yet nations still prey on the meek of the world,
and conflict turns parent from child.
Your people despoil all the sweetness of earth;
the brier and the thorn 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.
|First Line:||Isaiah the prophet has written of old|
|Title:||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old|
|Author:||Joy F. Patterson (1982)|
|Copyright:||© 1982, The Hymn Society of America. Used by permission|
st. 1 = Isa. 11:6-9
st. 2 = Isa. 55:12-13
Written by Joy F. Patterson (b. Lansing, MI, 1931) in 1981, this text was one of seven winners in a hymn-writing contest for children's hymns sponsored jointly by the Choristers Guild and the Hymn Society of America. It was published in the Hymn Society leaflet "New Hymns for Children" (1982) and was first sung at the Society's convocation in Atlanta that same year. Patterson says of the text, "I have always loved the tune SAMANTHRA, and the images and words from Isaiah 11 seemed made for the tune. Thus scriptural language, a prayer for peace, and a good but little-used tune came together for me in this hymn." Based on biblical imagery found in Isaiah, the text skillfully contrasts the evil and Injustice in this world (st. 2a) with the vision of peace, harmony, and joy in the kingdom of God (st. 1). It concludes with a "Maranatha" prayer ("Lord, come quickly!") for Peace, wisdom, justice, and joy (st. 2b).
Patterson grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, studied French language and literature at the University of Wisconsin, and spent a year at the University of Strasbourg, France, on a Fulbright scholarship. She taught French at the University of Wisconsin and worked as a homemaker and as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration. An elder in the Presbyterian Church, she was a member of the committee that prepared The Presbyterian Hymnal (1990). A writer of some thirty hymn texts and composer of hymn tunes, Patterson has also written choral music, including "On a Winter Night" (1974). A collection of her hymns, Come, You People of the Promise was published in 1994.
Advent; other worship that emphasizes the qualities of the kingdom of God, both here and to come.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 13 of 13)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #241||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||JUDAS AND MARY||Joy F. Patterson (b. 1931-)||Irregular||Isaiah 11:9; Isaiah 55:12-13; Isaiah 65:23; Isaiah 65:25||2005||Our Response to God | in the stewardship of the earth; Care of Creation | ; Joy | ; Justice and Peace | ; Penitence ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #77||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson||22.214.171.124.D||Isaiah 11:6-9; Isaiah 55:10-13; Isaiah 59:7-15; Isaiah 65:25; Hosea 2:18; Matthew 6:9-10; Luke 11:2||2013||God's Covenant with Israel | ; Justice | ; World Peace ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #682||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMATHRA||Joy F. Patterson||Irregular||Isaiah 11:1-10; Isaiah 55:6-13||1995||Peace and Justice | ; Conflict | ; God--Kingdom of | ; Justice | ; Peace--Of the world ||
|New Hymns for Children #4||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson||11. 8. 11. 8. 11. 8. 11. 8.||1982|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #337||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson||126.96.36.199 D||Isaiah 11||1990|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #616||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson||irregular||Isaiah 11:6-9; Isaiah 55:13; Isaiah 11:16||1987||Biblical Names & Places | Isaiah; The New Creation | ; Advent | ; Justice | ; Kingdom | ; New Creation | ; Wisdom ||
|Small Church Music #6323||Samanthra||Isaiah the prophet has written||SAMANTHRA||188.8.131.52.D|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #774||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||PEACEABLE KINGDOM||Joy F. Patterson, 1931-||184.108.40.206.D.||Isaiah 11:6-9; Isaiah 55:11-13; Isaiah 65:25; Matthew 10:21||1996||Justice and Peace | ; Kingdom of God | ; New Creation | ; Promise and Covenant ||
|The New Century Hymnal #108||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||JUDAS AND MARY||Joy F. Patterson||Irr.||Isaiah 55:10-13; Isaiah 11:6-9||1995||Advent | ; God | Realm of; Jesus Christ | Advent; New Creation | ; Year A | Advent 2; Year A | Proper 10; Year C | Epiphany 8|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #663||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||PEACEABLE KINGDOM||Joy Forster Patterson, 1931-||220.127.116.11 D||Isaiah 11:6-11; Isaiah 35:1-6; Isaiah 55:10-13; Isaiah 65:25||1999||Conflict | ; Consummation in Christ | ; Environment | ; Peace of the World | ; Prophetic Witness | ; Renewal | ; Response to Word | ; Social Justice ||
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #680||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson||11 8 11 8 D||1996||The Church in the World | Commitment: Peace and Justice; Bible | ; Biblical Characters | Isaiah; Christian Year | Advent; Commitment | ; Ecology | ; God | Kingdom, Majesty, Realm; Joy | ; Justice | ; Kingdom of God | ; Nation | ; Peace (World) | ; Prophets | ; Water | ; Word of God | ; Advent 2 | Year A; Epiphany 8 | Year C|
|Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #723||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson (b. 1931)||18.104.22.168 D||Isaiah 11:5-9||1997||Hymns and Spiritual Songs | Advent and Christmas|
|Worship and Rejoice #532||Isaiah the Prophet Has Written of Old||Isaiah the prophet has written of old||SAMANTHRA||Joy F. Patterson, 1931-||22.214.171.124.D.||Isaiah 55:12-13; Isaiah 36:16; Luke 11:2; Isaiah 11:9; Matthew 6:10; Isaiah 65:25||2008|