134. Joy to the World

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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.

2 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.

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.

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.

Text Information
First Line: Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Title: Joy to the World
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM with repeat
Scripture: Genesis 3:17-18; Psalm 96; Psalm 98:4-9; Isaiah 52:7-10; Isaiah 55:12-13; Malachi 3:1-4; Matthew 24:14; Luke 2:10-11; Romans 5:20; Galatians 3:13; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 22:3
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; Jesus Christ: Birth
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ANTIOCH
Composer (attributed to): George Frederick Handel (1742)
Arranger: Lowell Mason (1836)
Meter: CM with repeat
Key: D Major
Notes: (alternate tune: RICHMOND, 266)


Text Information:

While Isaac Watts did not write this text strictly for Christmas use, he did purposely cast his paraphrase of
Psalm 98:4–9 in Christian terms, titling it “The Messiah’s coming and kingdom.” So “the Lord” here is Jesus
Christ, rather than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


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