#38: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

1

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

Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, Hail Thee as 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, Bloss’ming meadow, flashing sea,

Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Call us to rejoice in Thee.

3

Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest,

Well-spring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou the 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

Mortal, 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 lifts us sunward In the triumph song of life.

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