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Ludwig van Beethoven Lyrics


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Joyful, joyful, we adore You,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before You,
Op'ning 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!

cll Your works with joy surround You,
Earth and heav'n reflect Your rays,
Stars and angels sing around You,
Center of unbroken praise;
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Praising You eternally!

You're the one we adore
The king we bow before
You're the one we're living for
Hail the Son, the Lord of all

clways giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Loving Father, Christ our Brother,
Let Your light upon us shine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

You're the one we adore
The king we bow before
You're the one we're living for
Hail the Son, the Lord of all

Mortals, join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
God's own love is reigning o'er us,
Joining people hand in hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music leads us sunward
In the triumph song of life.

You're the one we adore
The king we bow before




You're the one we're living for
Hail the Son, the Lord of al

Overall Meaning

In "Joyful Joyful," Beethoven expresses a deep sense of adoration and reverence towards God. The song begins by praising God as the "God of glory" and the "Lord of love." The imagery of hearts unfolding like flowers before the sun conveys a sense of surrender and openness to God's presence and love. The lyrics also touch upon the desire for the divine to melt away the clouds of sin and sadness, driving away doubt and filling the hearts with immortal gladness.


The second verse emphasizes the magnificence of God's creation. Earth, heaven, stars, angels, fields, forests, mountains, meadows, and the sea all reflect God's glory and are invited to sing and praise Him. This portrayal highlights the interconnectedness and unity of creation in offering worship to God. The verse further suggests that all elements of nature, including birds and fountains, constantly offer eternal praise to God.


The chorus reaffirms the devotion to God as the object of adoration, the king before whom they bow, and the purpose of their lives. The lyrics acknowledge God's attributes of always giving and forgiving, as well as being the source of true joy and rest. The last verse contains a plea for God's light to shine upon humanity and teach them to love one another. It calls for a divine elevation to the joy and love that comes from God.


Overall, "Joyful Joyful" is a hymn that celebrates the glory of God, the interconnectedness of all creation in offering worship, and the transformative power of God's love and joy in the lives of believers.


Line by Line Meaning

Joyful, joyful, we adore You
We are filled with happiness and reverence as we worship and praise You


God of glory, Lord of love
You are the divine source of magnificence and affection


Hearts unfold like flow'rs before You
Our innermost being opens up like blooming flowers in your presence


Op'ning to the sun above
Revealing ourselves to the radiant light and warmth that emanate from You


Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Banish the heaviness of wrongdoing and sorrow


Drive the dark of doubt away
Eliminate the shadows of uncertainty and disbelief


Giver of immortal gladness
Provider of eternal happiness and joy


Fill us with the light of day
Surround us with the illuminating brightness of life


All Your works with joy surround You
Everything You have created exudes joy in Your presence


Earth and heav'n reflect Your rays
The Earth and the skies mirror the radiance of Your light


Stars and angels sing around You
Celestial bodies and celestial beings harmoniously sing praises around You


Center of unbroken praise
You are the focal point of ceaseless adoration


Field and forest, vale and mountain
Open landscapes and majestic peaks abound


Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea
Blossoming fields and sparkling oceans


Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Singing birds and babbling fountains


Praising You eternally
Continuously exalting You without end


You're the one we adore
You are the one we deeply revere


The king we bow before
The ruler whom we humbly submit to


You're the one we're living for
Our reason for existence is rooted in You


Hail the Son, the Lord of all
We give high praise to You, the Son, who governs over everything


Always giving and forgiving
You are perpetually generous and merciful


Ever blessing, ever blest
Constantly bestowing blessings upon us and eternally blessed Yourself


Well-spring of the joy of living
The source from which the joy of existence originates


Ocean-depth of happy rest
An unfathomable depth of serene contentment


Loving Father, Christ our Brother
You are both a caring Father and a compassionate Brother to us


Let Your light upon us shine
Allow Your illuminating light to radiate upon us


Teach us how to love each other
Guide us in learning to love one another


Lift us to the joy divine
Elevate us to a state of heavenly delight


Mortals, join the mighty chorus
Human beings, join in the powerful collective singing


Which the morning stars began
That was initiated by the stars at dawn


God's own love is reigning o'er us
Divine love is currently governing and guiding us


Joining people hand in hand
Uniting individuals together, hand in hand


Ever singing, march we onward
Continuously singing, we progress forward


Victors in the midst of strife
Emerging triumphant amidst conflict and struggle


Joyful music leads us sunward
Joyful melodies guide us towards the sun


In the triumph song of life
Within the song celebrating the victory of existence




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stefano cataldi

0:07 Adagio molto
01:41 Allegro con brio
08:10 Andante cantabile con moto
14:40 Minuetto: Allegro molto vivace
18:39 Adagio- Allegro molto e vivace

Good Music Fanatic

Can simplicity and greatness be together at the same time?

Beethoven: Yes!!

Herbert Elia

majestic performance by the Conductor and the Orchestra

Gladys Vila

Fantastica, magistral interpretacion de sus musicos 👏👏👏🎼🎵🎶

Martin Lee

Vielen Dank, Herbert!

Makyhs Makyhs

Please, date of concert its very important !

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