Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Joy to the World...

Christmas is my most favourite festival of the year (after Diwali, of course). And this Christmas means more to me than any of the others: it signifies the end of a year of suffering. It signifies hope: hope, that my turbulent life will go back to normal. Hope, that my friends will lead a life of their own choosing. Hope, that my near and dear ones are blessed. Hope, of a better tomorrow.

And strength: the strength to survive the most difficult year yet to come.

This is my favourite Christmas Carol: 'Joy to the World'

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, 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,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, 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,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Words: Isaac Watts, 1719
Music: Lowell Mason, 1848

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