Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.…
When the poet Carpani inquired of his friend Haydn how it happened that his church music was always so cheerful, the great composer made a most beautiful reply. "I cannot," he said, "make it otherwise. I write according to the thoughts I feel; when I think upon God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes dance and leap, as it were, from my pen; and since God has given me a cheerful heart, it will be pardoned me that I serve Him with a cheerful spirit."
Parallel VersesKJV: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.