310. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away;
giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!

2 All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
stars and angels sing around Thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
singing bird and flowing fountain
call us to rejoice in Thee.

3 Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ, our Brother -
all who live in love are Thine;
teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began;
love divine is reigning o’er us,
bringing all within its span.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sunward,
in the triumph song of life.

Text Information
First Line: Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee
Title: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Author: Henry van Dyke (1907)
Meter: D
Publication Date: 2010
Topic: The Church at Worship: Praise and Adoration; Forgiveness; God-Creator (1 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
Harmonizer: Edward Hodges (1864)
Meter: D
Key: F Major
Notes: Higher key, No. 32

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