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Stu and Didi sing Joy to the World

Stu and Didi Pickles sing the song in "The Santa Experience".

"Joy to the World" is a popular Christmas song. The words are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. It was first published in 1719 in Watts' collection, The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament and applied to the Christian state and worship. Watts wrote the lyrics as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return at the end of the age, rather than a Christmas song celebrating his first coming as a baby born in a stable. Only the second half of Watts' lyrics are still used today. The music was adapted and arranged to Watts' lyrics by Lowell Mason in 1839 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. As of the late 20th century, the song is the most published Christmas hymn in North America.

Lyrics[]

Joy to the world the Lord has come
Let Earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
(2x) And Heaven and nature sing
[repeat the above line, but with additional "And Heaven" at the start and slight vocal pauses]

Joy to the world the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods rocks, hills, and plains
(2x) Repeat the sounding joy
["Repeat" the line above and in the style of the above verse]

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
(2x) And wonders of His love
[repeat the line above, styled as the above two verses]

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