Beginning in January 2019, we’ll be featuring a hymn tune from our Two-Part Hymn Series each week.

Russell Kelso Carter (1849–1928)
First publication: 1886

Download from the Brass Crest Two-Part Hymn Series: STANDING ON THE PROMISES

The writer of this hymn (both words and music), Russell Kelso Carter, had a military background. This is evident in the somewhat martial tone of the music for Standing on the Promises, the most well-known of his songs. Carter attended the Pennsylvania Military Academy in Chester and was a member of the first graduating class in 1867. He stayed there, teaching chemistry, mathematics, natural science, and engineering, for some years. In 1887, Carter was ordained as a Methodist minister, and then earned a medical degree, finishing his varied career as a medical doctor in his native Baltimore.


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