Monday, 6 April 2015

Joy To The World Lyrics and Story - E T Everett Instrumental Piano Christmas Carol

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) is the author of the words and lyrics of this famous Christmas song that has blessed millions in for hundreds of years. He wrote the words in 1719 and this is just one of the many hymns and carols that he wrote. 

The University of Edinburgh awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1728 in recognition of his contribution to Christian music and enriching the Christian experience through other ways.

This song is based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the bible and was not initially meant to celebrate the first coming of Christ, his birth, but rather his return at the end of the world. 

We are called to celebrate because God, as always, has been true to his word and has finally brought redemption to the house of Israel.

The music to this carol is traditionally thought to have come from the famous George Frederick Handel famous for the Hallelujah Chorus. Scholars are however still not agreed on this.

Isaac Watts has written other songs such as When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, O God Our Help In Ages Past, Jesus Shall Reign where er the Sun and Show Pity Lord O Lord Forgive.

Below are the lyrics of this Christmas carol.

Verse 1
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.

Verse 2
Joy to the earth! the savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3
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.

Verse 4
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.

Below is piano rendition of one of the most famous traditional English Christmas carols,  Joy To The World played by E T Everett on 3ABN. This Christmas song is popular among both kids and adults  and I know you will be blessed as you listen to this Christmas hymn.



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