Joy to the World

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Agnolo di Cosimo Bronzino, c. 16th century. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Shepherds, by Agnolo di Cosimo Bronzino, c. 16th century. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Paolo de Matteis, c. 1680-1728. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Adoration of the Shepherds, by Paolo de Matteis, c. 1680-1728. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas, United States.

Joy to the earth, 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.

Madonna and Child, by Ambrogio Borgognone, c. 1490s. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Madonna and Child, by Ambrogio Borgognone, c. 1490s. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, United States.

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.

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, Piero di Cosimo, c. 1493. Museo degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, Piero di Cosimo, c. 1493. Museo degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy.

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.

This blog is part of a twelve-part series illustrating classic Christmas carols with classic religious for the twelve days of Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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