4. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore you,
God of glory, God of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before you,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive the storms of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.

2 All your works with joy surround you,
earth and heaven reflect your rays,
Stars and angels sing around you,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
teach us what our praise should be.

3 You are giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blessed,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Loving Spirit, Father, Mother,
all who love belong to you;
Teach us how to love each other,
by that love our joy renew.

4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began;
Boundless love is reigning o’er us,
reconciling race and clan.
Ever singing, move we forward,
faithful in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us onward
in the triumph song of life.

Text Information
First Line: Joyful, joyful, we adore you
Title: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
Author: Henry van Dyke (1907, alt.)
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ;
Topic: Adoration and Praise: God; Processional Hymns; Year B: Easter 5 (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
Adapter and Harmonizer: Edward Hodges (1846)
Key: G Major

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