words by Henry van Dyke, 1907, alt. Greg Scheer
music by Ludwig van Beethoven, 1824, adapt. Edward Hodges
arranged by Greg Scheer
1. Joyful, joyful we adore You,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flow’rs before You,
op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
drive the dark of doubt away;
giver of eternal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.
2. All Your works with joy surround You,
earth and heav’n reflect Your rays,
stars and angels sing around You,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flow’ry meadow, flashing waves,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice today.
3. You are giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blessed,
wellspring of the joy of living,
ocean depth of happy rest!
You our Father, Christ our Brother,
all who live in love are Yours,
teach us how to love each other,
with Your love for evermore.
4. Mortals, join the happy chorus
which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
human love joins hand to hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife,
joyful music leads us sunward
in the triumph song of life.