Author of the Lyrics
The author of the beautiful words of the "Joyful Joyful" lyrics, Henry Jackson van Dyke (November 10, 1852-April 10, 1933), was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States and achieved fame as a professor of English literature and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "Joyful Joyful", Ludwig van Beethoven (17 December 1770-26 March 1827), was born in Bonn, Germany and became famous as a German pianist, composer and musician. Ludwig van Beethoven became deaf, an explanation from Beethoven's autopsy was that he had a "distended inner ear," which developed lesions over time..
Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Joyful Joyful
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Henry Jackson van Dyke (November 10, 1852 to April 10, 1933)
Nationality of Author: American
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (17 December 1770 to 26 March 1827)
Hymn Category: Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above"
First Publication Date: 1907
Joyful Joyful Lyrics
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.