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Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Hymn of Joy


TO THE MUSIC OF BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY

              1Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
              2    God of glory, Lord of love;
              3Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
              4    Praising Thee their sun above.
              5Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
              6    Drive the dark of doubt away;
              7Giver of immortal gladness,
              8    Fill us with the light of day!

              9All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
            10    Earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
            11Stars and angels sing around Thee,
            12    Centre of unbroken praise:
            13Field and forest, vale and mountain,
            14    Blooming meadow, flashing sea,
            15Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
            16    Call us to rejoice in Thee.

            17Thou art giving and forgiving,
            18    Ever blessing, ever blest,
            19Well-spring of the joy of living,
            20    Ocean-depth of happy rest!
            21Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, --
            22    All who live in love are Thine:
            23Teach us how to love each other,
            24    Lift us to the Joy Divine.

            25Mortals join the mighty chorus,
            26    Which the morning stars began;
            27Father-love is reigning o'er us,
            28    Brother-love binds man to man.
            29Ever singing march we onward,
            30    Victors in the midst of strife;
            31Joyful music lifts us sunward
            32    In the triumph song of life.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Poems of Henry Van Dyke (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911): 332-33. PS 3115 A2 1911 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1911
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/31

Composition date: 1908
Rhyme: ababcdcd


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