Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lyrics by Henry van Dyke

VERSE 1

G               D7 
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,

G                     D 
God of glory, Lord of love;

G             G7   C 
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,

G              D7   G 
Op'ning to the sun above.

D        G         D       G 
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;

D         B7      Em    A D 
Drive the dark of doubt away;

G          D7 
Giver of immortal gladness,

G                D7       G 
Fill us with the light of day!

VERSE 2

G                  D7 
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,

G                            D 
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,

G           G7   C 
Stars and angels sing around Thee,

G           D7     G 
Center of unbroken praise.

D         G       D        G 
Field and forest, vale and mountain,

D       B7     Em   A   D 
Flow'ry meadow flashing sea,

G                 D7 
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,

G            D7       G 
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

VERSE 3

G               D7 
Thou art giving and forgiving,

G                   D 
Ever blessing, ever blest,

G              G7  C 
Well-spring of the joy of living,

G              D7    G 
Ocean-depth of happy rest!

D        G       D          G 
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,

D       B7      Em   A   D 
All who live in love are Thine;

G               D7 
Teach us how to love each other,

G              D7  G 
Lift us to the joy divine.

VERSE 4

G                D7 
Mortals join the mighty chorus,

G                         D 
Which the morning stars began;

G           G7 C 
Father-love is reigning o'er us,

G                  D7     G 
Brother-love binds man to man.

D    G       D        G 
Ever singing march we onward,

D       B7     Em    A  D 
Victors in the midst of strife;

G            D7 
Joyful music lifts us sunward

G              D7      G 
In the triumph song of life.

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A Major B7 C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major G7
Guitar A Major B7 C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major G7
Mandolin A Major B7 C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major G7
Piano A Major B7 C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major G7
Ukulele A Major B7 C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major G7