Scripture Verse

I bring you good tidings of great joy. Luke 2:10

Introduction

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Ira B. Wilson
1880–1950

Words: Ed­ith S. Til­lot­son, in Christ­mas Me­mo­ries, 1914. Re­frain by Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719.

Music: Ira B. Wil­son; re­frain ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, 1836 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Edith J. S. Tillotson
1876–1968

Lyrics

Christ the Sav­ior is here,
Let the world with wel­come ring;
Praises sound far and near,
For the ad­vent of the King.

Refrain

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,
And Heav’n and na­ture sing,
And Hea­ven, and Hea­ven, and na­ture sing.

Christ the Shep­herd of souls,
Our Re­deem­er and our Lord,
Heav’n its mon­arch ex­tols,
And pro­claims His birth abroad.

Refrain

Christ, ex­alt­ed above,
Now be­gins His glo­ri­ous reign.
Every heart is His throne,
And the earth is His do­main.

Refrain