256. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore you,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before you,
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 your works with joy surround you,
Earth and heav'n 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
Praising you eternally!

3 Always giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Loving Father, Christ our brother,
Let your light upon us shine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
God's own love is reigning o’er us,
Joining people hand in hand.
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 you
Title: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
Author: Henry van Dyke, 1852-1933
Publication Date: 2001
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Topic: Salvation History
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: HYMN TO JOY
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827
Arranger: Edward Hodges, 1796-1867
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Key: G Major



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