Requested by Phoebe: Joy to the World, performed by Celtic Woman with a great big orchestra to back them up. Words by Isaac Watts; music by–well, no one’s entirely sure. It might be a very old melody that had been kicking around for a few centuries. But now it’s permanently wedded to Watts’ lyrics.
And we’re off and running with our Christmas carol contest!
Youtube has taken down Andy Kenway’s wonderful rendition of this ancient hymn by Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross? I’ll have to choose a favorite from among the others. This one is by The Chuck Wagon Gang.
The Lutheran Warbler is working her way through the hymnal. Usually it’s just her and her piano, but for this she’s added more music–When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, by Isaac Watts.
Inspired by Psalm 72:8 (He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth), sung by St. Michael’s Singers–Jesus Shall Reign, by Isaac Watts.
This classic hymn by Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross, here gets a simple by effective arrangement by Tristan Vaughn Nunez. Isaac Watts’ hymns are going on 300 years old, but still sung all around the world today.
Here’s a hymn by Isaac Watts that I’d never heard before today–Lord, in the Morning, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
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This hymn just might take your breath away–When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. Written by Isaac Watts in 1707, performed by the Esh Family: background sets by God the Father, maker of heaven and earth.
This is a classic Isaac Watts hymn–Am I Soldier of the Cross?–set against a Scottish highland backdrop by singer Andy Kenway: the work of God’s hands, who sculpted the shape of the earth.
This is one of my favorites, going way back to Sunday school: I Sing the Mighty Power of God, sung here by the Ball Brothers. Lyrics by Isaac Watts, in 1715. Set design and construction by God the Father, in eternity.
Jeremy requested Joy to the World by A Capella, but I couldn’t find it. But I did stumble upon this guy “Acapeldridge,” who uses modern technology to–well, he sings in perfect harmony with himself. And it sounds great!
Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719–and still growing strong, 299 years later.