From the recording Comfort & Joy

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Isaac Watts (1674-1748) began writing poetry as a child and later turned some of those poems into hymns that would be sung in his father's church. The first volume of original hymns by Isaac Watts was published in 1705, followed by a second volume in 1707. He resigned from his own pulpit in 1712 due to poor health and devoted himself to the creation of hymns. His work, Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, published in 1719, contained the poem, "Joy to the World," perhaps his best known work. The melody we associate with "Joy to the World," is believed by some to be an adaptation done by Dr. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) in 1836 of "The Messiah," by George Frederick Handel. Bob - hammered dulcimer; Beverly - harmony hammered dulcimer.