Thursday, December 25, 2014

joy to the world

Isaac Watts wrote this joyful hymnal based on the ninety-eighth psalm.  He published it in 1719 as part of his 'The Psalms of David:   Imitated in the Language of The New Testament And Applied to The Christian State and Worship'.  The words are meant to signify the second coming of Christ; yet the lyrics are most commonly associated with the birth of Christ and is one of the most popular Christmas songs.  

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

The familiar melody was arranged in 1839 by Lowell Mason, largely influenced by three different musical pieces from 'Messiah' by George Frideric Handel:   

"Glory to God"

"Lift Up Your Hands"

"Comfort Ye My People"

Joy To The World

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Sufjan Stevens

Aretha Franklin

Nat King Cole

Whitney Houston

Dolly Parton


Counting Crowns

Mariah Carey

Chris Tomlin

Mannheim Steamroller

African Christmas

Psalm 98 King James Version (KJV)

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

9 Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

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