Friday, December 25, 2015

Psalm 98 (Joy to the World) - Isaac Watts

Psalm 98

C.M. First Part. Sunday.
Praise for the Gospel.

To our almighty Maker God,
     New honours be addrest;
His great salvation shines abroad,
     And makes the nations blest.

He spake the Word to Abraham first
     His truth fulfils his grace:
The Gentiles make his name their trust,
And learn his righteousness.

Let the whole earth his love proclaim,
    With all her different tongues;
And spread the honours of his name,
    In melody and songs.

C.M. Second Part. Arundel. Bethlehem. 
The Messiahs Coming and Kingdom.

Joy to the world — the Lord is come!
     Let earth receive her King:
Let every heart prepare him room,
     And heav'n 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.

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.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748), 1719
from Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 1834

[Poem is in the public domain worldwide]

Isaac Watts biography

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