Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

a cappella SATB div. choir

This anthem features both an aleatoric section as well as a highly rhythmic dance-like section to create a very exciting musical experience.

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Catalog Number: 
JH - C004
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Premiere Ensemble: 
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Bill Mathis

One of our favorite anthems of recent years, Jocelyn's setting of "Joyful, Joyful" is both expressive and strong. Take a close look!

~Bill Mathis, conductor, Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church Choir

Text Author or Source: 
Henry J. van Dyke, public domain

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.