Written by Henry van Dyke in 1906, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee is one of my absolute favorites! It’s such a happy song, don’t you think? This is truly a “hymn of trust and joy and hope”.

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

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!

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, 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, all 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.

Now, some may say that the following rendition of this classic hymn is nothing short of a mockery. I, however, respectfully disagree. I see it as, well – JOYFUL!

What do you think?


  1. says

    I love this song. I sung it in church when I was growing up. You have brought back so many memories and a tear to my eye. You have no idea what this song means to me. Thank you for such a beautiful post. The words to this hymn are beautiful, and I feel as long as the Lord is being praised it doesn’t matter how we do it. Whether the hymn is sung traditionally or made into another rendition, it all means the same thing. Thank you for this post.

  2. says

    My husband loves this movie and this scene from the end of it. I think this is a fun rendition. This scene from this movie has been an on-going banter/debate between my husband and myself for years because as a former music teacher, all I think of when I see it is that that choreography would never have been pulled off in seconds of preparation. My husband teases me because I keep seeing that instead of just enjoying the fun movie for what it is.

    Now that I have shared a life history with you, I’ll go watch it again just for the fun of it. Have a great weekend.

  3. Alice says

    Christine, I read your blog regularly, even though I am a grandmother! I agree that this is a joyful rendition of this great song. I am a little dismayed, however, by the realization that it is the creation of Hollywood, and most of the performers probably don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord of Glory! I would love to see something similar performed by those who know HIM!
    Keep posting uplifting stuff!

  4. says

    Christine, this is one of my favorite hymns! I also enjoyed singing it in German when touring Austria with my college choir, and I had it played on handbells as the recessional for our wedding! So it holds a special place in my heart!

    Can’t wait to meet you at Blissdom!

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