Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Ludwig van Beethoven Lyrics

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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

cll 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
cll 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

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
Drive the dark of doubt away

Giver of immortal gladness
Fill us with the light of day

Overall Meaning

In the first paragraph of "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," the lyrics praise God as the "God of glory" and "Lord of love," symbolizing the divine qualities of greatness and compassion. The imagery of hearts unfolding like flowers before God illustrates a sense of vulnerability and openness to divine presence. The mention of melting the clouds of sin and sadness and driving away doubt symbolizes a desire for spiritual purification and clarity. By referring to God as the "Giver of immortal gladness" and asking to be filled with the light of day, the lyrics convey a longing for joy, happiness, and illumination that comes from a connection with the divine.

In the second paragraph, the lyrics describe the majesty and beauty of God's creations surrounding Him, with Earth and heaven reflecting His divine presence. The mention of stars, angels, and unbroken praise highlights the cosmic and eternal nature of God's glory. The imagery of field, forest, mountain, and sea along with singing birds and flowing fountains all call for a rejoicing in the divine presence manifested in nature. This part of the lyrics emphasizes the unity and harmony of all creation in glorifying God.

Moving into the third paragraph, the lyrics highlight God's attributes as a giver and forgiver, blessing and bestowing joy upon mankind. The concept of God as the wellspring of joy and happy rest portrays Him as a source of comfort and peace. The mention of Jesus Christ as our Brother and the importance of living in love underlines the central theme of divine love and unity among humanity. The plea to be taught how to love each other and to be lifted to divine joy conveys a yearning for spiritual growth and unity through love.

In the final paragraph, the lyrics call on mortals to join the chorus of praise initiated by the morning stars, symbolizing a call to acknowledge and celebrate God's reign of love over humanity. The mention of victors in the midst of strife and joyful music leading towards the sunward direction signifies a journey towards spiritual enlightenment and victory over challenges. The triumphant tone of the lyrics and the aspiration for the divine triumph song of life encapsulate the overarching theme of joy, love, and unity in praise of God as the ultimate source of light and gladness, illuminating the path towards spiritual fulfillment.


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Geraldine Nathan

Beautiful song...When Beethoven wrote it he was only 14. He was a genius and a child prodigy.  
Later in his life he went deaf, but continued to write beautiful music using his memory of sound.


it's an amazing song!!!! thank you =D

Mike G.

Bravo! Beautiful!

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