How lovely on the mountains

How lovely on the mountains. Leonard E. Smith, Jr.* (1942- ). The full first line is ‘How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him’. Based on Isaiah 52: 7-10, this worship song was written at Riverton, New Jersey in 1973. With its refrain (‘Our God reigns’) it was first sung in the New Covenant Community Church, where Smith was a worship leader. Copyrighted in 1974, three further stanzas were added in 1978. The song became widely known through its use by evangelists. Its effect comes from the fourfold repetition of ‘Our God reigns’ in the refrain, with the accompanying notes rising to a fortissimo. It has since been published in a number of hymnals in the USA, and is popular in Ireland,...

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