JOYFUL, JOYFUL, WE ADORE THEE

1.    Joyful, joyful we adore thee,
God of glory God of love!
Hearts unfold like flow’rs 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 way.
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, forest vale and mountain,
Flowery 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 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,
Brother love blinds man to man,
Ever winging, march we onward,
Victors in the midst o’strife,
Joyful music leads us sunward
In the triumph song divine.

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