The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Sing, O Heavens! And Be Joyful O Earth

For the Christmas-tide

Words: English Traditional

Music: Not Stated

Source: A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 47.

Sing, O heaven and be joyful, O earth !
And break forth into singing, O mountains:
For the Lord hath comforted his people.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings;
That publisheth peace.

The Lord hath made bare His holy arm
In the eyes of all nations :
And all the ends of the earth shall see
The salvation of our God.

For unto us a Child is born,-unto us a Son is given,
And the government shall be upon His shoulders,
And His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father.
The Prince of Peace, Hallelujah, Amen.


Other songs / anthems that contain a reference to Isaiah 52:7 include How Beautiful Upon The Mountains and "Awake, Awake! Put On Thy Strength, O Zion," "Arise, O Jerusalem, And Stand On High," and others that have a verse that begins "How Beautiful Upon The Mountains."

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