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Published in 35 hymnals

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Tune Information

Meter: 12.12 with refrain
Incipit: 33215 12332 11332
Key: e minor
Source: Israeli folk melody


Jabusch wrote his text to correspond to PROMISED ONE, an Israeli folk tune. Probably of Hasidic origin, PROMISED ONE was associated with the folk song "Gilu Hagalilim," brought by Zionist settlers to Israel after World War I. The Fireside Book of Folk Songs (1947) contains the tune with a different text but with the "Lift up your voices" phrase in its refrain. This joyful minor tune has the syncopated rhythm associated with the Jewish hora dance and derives its melodic phrases from variations of the first line. PROMISED ONE is an exciting tune intended to be sung with perpetual energy and without pauses between refrain and stanza and refrain. Sing in unison and try using a faster tempo for each succeeding stanza. Accompany with guitar, various percussion instruments, hand clapping and/or Orff instruments on the ostinati patterns or improvise similar patterns. Try adding a simple descant for the final two measures of the refrain by going up the scale as follows. B, C-sharp, D-sharp, E, E. John Ferguson (b. Cleveland, OH, 1941) prepared the setting for Advent services at the United Church of Christ, Kent, Ohio, in 1973. That setting was published the following year in the UCC's Hymnal, of which Ferguson was music editor. Known for his skill as a music clinician and for his organ concerts and improvisations, Ferguson has devoted much of his professional life to church music. He was educated at Oberlin College, Kent State University, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in 1976. From 1965 to 1978 he was professor of music at Kent State University and organist and choirmaster at the United Church of Christ. He served as music director and organist at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1978 to 1983. Since 1983 Ferguson has been professor of church music and organ at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has published numerous choral anthems and hymn arrangements for organ and issued various recordings of hymn festivals. His published works include A Musician's Guide to Church Music (1981) and Worship Blueprints: Guide to Planning Warship Music (1983). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 33 of 33)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #127

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #177

Christian Worship #363

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #20

Common Praise (1998) #632

Gather (3rd ed.) #572

Gather Comprehensive #486

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #494

Text InfoAudio

Glory to God #364

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #727

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #158

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #341


Lift Up Your Hearts #144

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #474

Presbyterian Hymnal #177

Psalms for All Seasons #24E

Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #370

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #267

Sing and Rejoice! #122

Sing the Faith #2091

Sing! A New Creation #15a


Small Church Music #2416

Songs for Life #156

The Covenant Hymnal #137

The Covenant Hymnal #792

The Faith We Sing #2091

The Worshiping Church #134

Together in Song #279

Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #240

Voices United #750

Worship (3rd ed.) #501

Worship (4th ed.) #565

Worship and Rejoice #159

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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