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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas songs

Christmas songs, or carols, are usually relegated to be sung once a year -- at least by "Christmas traditionalists". OTOH, some folks may wish they were never sung at all!

If these songs contain truths about Jesus and His birth, why shouldn't they be sung? If these songs contain truths based on the holy Scriptures, why shouldn't they be sung year around? If they're not fit sing year around, should we sing them at all?

Some "Christmas traditionalists", if they hear "Joy to the World" sung in the summer, react as if someone has broken some sacred unwritten law! This song is among my favorites. I think it should/could be sung whenever the Spirit moves.

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 Savior 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, 1719

5 comments:

amity said...

Robert, do you mind if I plug the new listserver I just started?

R. L. Vaughn said...

No, I don't mind. I have been enjoying the daily poetry and I'm sure some others that read the blog would also.

amity said...

Thank you, Robert.

It is called Song to the Lamb. The concept was originally to find other hymn poetry written by the hymnwriters of the Sacred Harp. It has expanded a bit to include people whose poetry COULD be in the Sacred Harp, and is gradually probably going to take on the air of 17th and 18th century English dissenters generally, with a few Americans thrown in (who knew that Roger Williams wrote hymn poetry?). I am trying to reach back to the very earliest English hymnwriters.

At any rate, drop by and sign up if you think you might enjoy more hymns like "Joy to the World." Isaac Watts wrote around 750 hymn poems, and all of them were good.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SongToTheLamb/

amity said...

BTW, there is only one poem per day, and no discussion, so don't worry about your mail box filling up.

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