If you’ve ever wondered where the beautiful Christmas carol, Joy To The World comes from…I have the story right here. My findings of course, come from the same old book I quoted from the other day- Stories of Wonderful Hymns, by Kathleen Bianchard. I thought it befitting to know where this song came from since it is almost Christmas. Here are my findings. Enjoy!-anita
It is said that it was a remark made by his father that turned Isaac Watts to hymn writing.
One Sunday morning after returning from the church service, Isaac criticized a hymn that had been sung, whereupon his father remarked, “Well, you’d better try your own had at writing one.”
“I will, Father,” he said, and not very long afterward wrote his first hymn, “Behold the Glories of the Lamb.” It is in our hymn books today.
Watts was an artist as well as a poet. …It was his custom to read in one of the sheltered nooks in the garden. One particular book was about the Esthonians and their legend of song.
The god of song, they said, descended on the land where there was a sacred wood, and there he played and sang. Around him stood the creatures, and each learned its own portion of the celestial strain. The tree discovered how to rustle its leaves, the brook how to murmur along its bed, and the wind and the birds and the beasts alike caught the parts assigned to them.
Man only was able to combine these strains, and, therefore, man alone can rightly praise.
It was in this mood that he penned the hymn, “Joy To The World.” Watts was then about forty-five years old.
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.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessing flow
Far as the curse is ground.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.-written by Isaac Watts
Now you know…”THE REST OF THE STORY!”