JOYFUL, JOYFUL WE ADORE THEE

Henry van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven

Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love!

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, op’ning 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

 

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays

Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flow’ry meadows, flashing sea

Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee

 

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest

Wellspring 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

 

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began

Father love is reigning oér us, Brother love binds man to man

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife

Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life