In the video below Amish girls Amy and Marlene play the guitar and keyboard while singing “Joy To The World” in Walnut Creek, Ohio.
The video dates to 2009. The event was an open house at a local business, with this being “one of the many songs that they entertained the crowd with.” A few facts on this classic hymn, via Wikipedia:
“Joy to the World” is a popular Christmas carol with words by Isaac Watts. The words of the hymn are based on Psalm 98, Psalm 96 (verses 11 and 12) and Genesis Chapter 3 (verses 17 and 18). As of the late 20th century, “Joy to the World” was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America.
Nice singing in a peppy version of the song. It’s also another example of Amish youth playing musical instruments.
Joy to the World
Joy to the World; the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields & floods, rocks, hills & plains
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.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.
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I just love listening to the Amish sing. I actually e-mailed you (Eric) a clip from a voice recording from a couple of years ago when I visited a school in New Holland. Their singing was sweet that it brought tears to our eyes as we listened. Thanks for sharing this video!
Joy to be the World
Very nice, thank you.
Nice music playing also.