In the summer of 1785, a German poet by the name of Friedrich Schiller wrote the well-known ode, or poem, “Ode to Joy”.
In 1824, the great German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven completed the Symphony No. 9, probably the most famous piece of classical music, using the words “Ode to Joy”.
And in the year 1907, Henry van Dyke, an American, wrote the poem “The Hymn of Joy”, commonly known as “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”, setting it with Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”.
“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” is a much loved hymn, and here we have my favorite Christian singing group, GLAD, singing it a cappella!
Lyrics: (from Wikipedia)
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee
God of glory, Lord of love
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee
Op’ning 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 heav’n reflect Thy rays
Stars and angels sing around Thee
center of unbroken praise
Field and forest, vale and mountain
Flow’ry 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 the 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 lifts us sunward
in the triumph song of life!