1872–1962
portrait

March 21, 1872, Nor­ris­town, Penn­syl­van­ia.

No­vem­ber 2, 1962, Or­lan­do, Flor­i­da.

Green­wood Un­ion Ce­me­te­ry, Rye, New York.

illustration

Meredith’s fath­er played the vi­o­lin, and his moth­er sang in the church choir. By age 10, Isaac was tak­ing or­gan les­sons. By age 12, he was sing­ing al­to in the choir at the Oak Street Me­tho­dist Church in Nor­ris­town.

At 13, he was con­vert­ed by the per­son­al in­vi­ta­tion of his broth­er. For a num­ber of years, he sang to pris­on­ers in the coun­ty jail each Sun­day morn­ing. In the sum­mer of 1891, while va­ca­tion­ing in Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey, a Dr. Mun­hall in­vit­ed him to sing in evan­gel­is­tic meet­ings.

Shortly there­af­ter, he en­tered evan­gel­ism & be­gan writ­ing Gos­pel songs. In 1893, he & Grant Tul­lar found­ed the Tul­lar-Mer­e­dith mu­sic pub­lish­ing house. Mer­e­dith him­self com­posed over 1,000 songs.

During World War I, he served in France with the Young Men Chris­tian’s As­so­ci­a­tion. Af­ter the war, in ad­di­tion to his mu­sic bus­i­ness, he served as mu­sic di­rec­tor for (at var­i­ous times) the Bush­wick Av­e­nue Me­tho­dist Church, Brook­lyn, New York; and the Ped­die Mem­or­i­al Bap­tist Church and Cen­ten­a­ry Me­tho­dist Church, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

His works in­clude:

  1. Addis Ababa
  2. All Hail to the Prince of Life
  3. All in the Si­lent Night
  4. All the Way to Cal­va­ry
  5. Angels Adore Him
  6. Beautiful Words of Je­sus
  7. Bells of Hope, The
  8. Building, Dai­ly Build­ing
  9. Come with the Wise Men
  10. Comrades of the Cross
  11. Dwelling in Me
  12. Father, Make Us Lov­ing
  13. First Christ­mas Song, The
  14. For Me
  15. For the Man of Gal­i­lee
  16. Garden of Child­hood
  17. Hail, Mighty Vic­tor
  18. Happy New Year!
  19. He Lives! The Sav­ior Lives!
  20. If Ye Then with Christ Be Ris­en (1926)
  21. Jesus Is Pre­cious
  22. Let the Laur­el Twine
  23. Let Us Sing for Joy
  24. Long Ago on Christ­mas Day
  25. Marching On to Vic­to­ry
  26. Move For­ward
  27. O Holy Bi­ble
  28. Our Mes­sage
  29. Precious Friend, The
  30. Seal Us, O Ho­ly Spir­it
  31. Sealed Was the Tomb
  32. Shine On, Beth­le­hem’s Star
  33. Signal Lights
  34. Someone Is Pray­ing for You
  35. Spirit and Bride Say Come, The
  36. Stowell
  37. Syracuse
  38. Tell It Out
  39. That Ye Might Have Life
  40. Thy Word
  41. Wake, Sweet­est Strain
  42. Waking Out of Si­lence
  43. We Will Fol­low Je­sus
  44. When Je­sus Came My Way
  45. Wonderful, Coun­sel­or!