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Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Words by Henry J. van Dyke (1852-1933), 1907
Tune: HYMN TO JOY, from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (1770-1827)
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
1. 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.
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, Chanting bird and flowing fountain Call us to rejoice in Thee.
3. Mortals, join the mighty chorus, Which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning o’er us, Brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife; Joyful music leads us onward In the triumph song of life.