Joy to the World (Phelps)

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"Joy to the World! The Lord Will Come" is an adaptation of the popular Christmas carol, Joy to the World. It was included in A Collection of Sacred Hymns (Kirtland, Ohio), the first Latter Day Saint hymnal prepared for publication in 1835 and published in February 1836[1] as well as all English hymnals published by the LDS Church since 1948.[2]

The textual changes typify the millennial expectation and theology of the early Latter Day Saint church. The version of the song published in the current (1985) hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the Phelps text—except for the first two lines, which reflect Watts' original words.[3]

Side-by-Side Lyrics of Phelps and Watts[edit]

The changes were made by W. W. Phelps from the original version written by Isaac Watts.


  1. ^ "History of Hymns". Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  2. ^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1948). Hymns (Revised ed.). Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Co. p. 89. 
  3. ^ "Joy to the World". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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