Joy to the World is a traditional carol and probably one of the most played Christmas hymns.
The lyrics, written by theologian and hymn writer Isaac Watts in 1719, were inspired by some Bible verses, namely the Psalm 98, Psalm 96:11–12 and Genesis 3:17–18.
The tune in use today is a musical composition by Lowell Mason from 1848.
“Joy to the World” Lyrics
Joy to the World; the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields & floods, rocks, hills & plains
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.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.