Joyful Joyful we Adore Three

This is a joyful hymn of praise.  It is often suggested for the Advent / Christmas seasons, but is not limited to those times.

It is based on a poem written by American preacher Henry van Dyke (1852-1933) in 1907. It was first published in 1911 in the Presbyterian Hymnal 1911.

With meter of 87 87 D, it was written specifically for the melody of "ODE TO JOY" which was adapted from the last stanza of Beethoven's 9th symphony.


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Contemporary setting, praise meeting with band:

Solo singer self-accompanied on guitar:

Traditional choir with organ accompaniment:

Instrumental - organ:


Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers 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 day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
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.

Mortals, join the happy 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 Sunward in the triumph song of life.

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