Standing on the Promises
DESCRIPTION: "Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Through eternal ages let his praises ring, Glory in the highest I will shoul an sing, Standing on the promises of God." The singer declares, in various ways, the power of Biblical promises
AUTHOR: R. Kelso Carter (1849-1926)
EARLIEST DATE: 1885 (composed, according to Johnson; published 1886 and Sweney and Carter, _Songs of Perfect Love_, according to William Reynolds, _Companion to Baptist Hymnal_, Broadman Press, 1976, p. 202)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Charles Johnson, One Hundred and One Famous Hymns (Hallberg, 1982), pp, 202-203, "Standing on the Promises" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [125 words]: Though hardly original in idea, this particular hymn has a very simple, easy-to-learn set of parts in the chorus, and seems to be very popular with amateur gospel groups. I'm a bit surprised it isn't more common in tradition.
According to William Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal, Broadman Press, 1976, p. 278, Russell Kelso Carter graduated from high school (Pennsylvania Military Academy) in 1867, where he was noted as an athlete; soon after, he became an instructor at the school. He seems to have been restless, travelling to California for a while, and giving up teaching in 1887 to become a minister. Later, he went into medicine. Most of his hymns were published in 1891; this seems to be the only one to have achieved any popularity. - RBW
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