My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You.@Psalm 71:23
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Edward Hodges
(1796–1867)

Hen­ry J. van Dyke, 1907. Van Dyke wrote this hymn while stay­ing at the home of Har­ry A. Gar­field at Will­iams Col­lege, Mas­sa­chu­setts. It was first pub­lished in the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hym­nal in 1911. It al­so ap­peared in the Po­ems of Hen­ry van Dyke, 1911.

Hymn to Joy, from the 9th Sym­ph­ony of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven, 1824. Adapt­ed by Ed­ward Hodg­es (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry J. Van Dyke
(1852–1933)

These vers­es are sim­ple ex­press­ions of com­mon Chris­tian feel­ings and de­sires in this pre­sent time—hymns of to­day that may be sung to­ge­ther by peo­ple who know the thought of the age, and are not afr­aid that any truth of sci­ence will de­stroy re­li­gion, or any re­vo­lu­tion on earth over­throw the king­dom of hea­ven. There­fore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Praising Thee, their 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,
Blooming meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring 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 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 leads us sunward
In the triumph song of life.