Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

2015 Songbook Section: 
The Eternal God > God The Father > Holy, Loving, Creator and Ruler
2015 Songbook Number: 
0039
1984 Songbook Section: 
God the Father: Person and Praise
1984 Songbook Number: 
010
Biblical References: 
Psalm 71:23
Verses: 
4

Verse 1
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
Hail thee as the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the clouds of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day.

Verse 2
All they 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,
Bloss'ming meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in thee.

Verse 3
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring 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 other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

Verse 4
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 lifts us sunward
In the triumph song of life.

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