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11. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, God 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,
Flowering meadow, flashing sea
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in thee.

3 Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest.
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest.
Thou our father, and our mother,
All who live in love are thine.
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began,
Claim the place created for us
In the great eternal plan.
Hear our song, divine creator,
Mother, father, friend and guide,
We thy precious sons and daughters
In thy light and love abide.

Text Information
First Line: Joyful, joyful, we adore thee
Title: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Author: Henry Van Dyke (1907)
Adapter: Roberta Bard Ruby (1989)
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Adoration; Angels; Blessing (blessedness) (12 more...)
Source: Poems of Henry van Dyke, 1911
Tune Information
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranger: Edward Hodges
Key: f♯ minor
Source: Ninth Symphony, 1823; Arr.: Trinity Collection of Church Music, 1864

MIDI file: WiS 011 Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee.mid
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