232. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore you,
God of glory, life and love;
hearts unfold like flowers before you,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive our fear and 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,
sound their praise eternally.

3 You are giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
wellspring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
Source of grace and fount of blessing,
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 lifts 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 (1907, alt.)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Topic: God: Praise and Thanksgiving; Adoration and Praise; Church: Community in Christ (35 more...)
Tune Information
Name: HYMN TO JOY
Adapter: Edward Hodges (1864)
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
Composer (descant): Hal Hopson (1979)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Descant copyright © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.



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