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611. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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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,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

3 Mortals, join the happy chorus
which the morning stars began.
Love divine is reigning o'er us,
joining all in heaven's plan.
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, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:23-33; Job 38:7; Psalm 32:11; Psalm 33; Psalm 98; Psalm 103:22; Psalm 104; Psalm 145:10; Psalm 148; Isaiah 43:1-7; Habakkuk 3:18; Malachi 4:2; Luke 19:38; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 John 1:5-7
Topic: Adoration; Christian Year: Reign of Christ; Creation (4 more...)
Language: English
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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
Adapter: Edward Hodges (1842, alt.)
Key: G Major

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This well-known melody was created to provide a choral setting for J. C. F. von Schiller’s poem, “An die Freude” (To Joy), as the final movement of the composer’s Ninth Symphony. The author, a prominent Presbyterian pastor and author, wrote the words with this tune in mind.

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