Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Hymn 23)
1. Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers 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!
2. 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 meadow, flashing sea,
Singing 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, Christ our Brother–
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine!
4. Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Draws us through the Son of Man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us onward
In the triumph song of life.
Words: Henry van Dyke
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
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