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Joy to the world the Lord is come


Lowell Mason


Mostly from Holfords Voce di Melodia (c 1834) adapted by Lowell Mason.

Words by Isaac Watts


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
   let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare Him room,
   and Heaven and nature sing.

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

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


Joy to the world - Mason

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 20-Apr-09

Joy to the world the Lord is come

Joy to the World. The scripture-based words are by Isaac Watts. The music was adapted and arranged by Lowell Mason from an older melody which was then believed to have originated from Handel, not least because the theme of the refrain (And heaven and nature sing...) appears in the orchestra opening and accompaniment of the recitative Comfort Ye from Handel's Messiah, and the first four notes match the beginning of the choruses Lift up your heads and Glory to God from the same oratorio. However, Handel did not compose the entire tune.

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