Listen to the early beginner piano arrangement of Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.
Watch a performance of the arrangement below.
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous Ode to Joy melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony, Symphony No. 9.
Van Dyke wrote this poem while in Williams College, Massachusetts while staying at the home of Harry Augustus Garfield. It was first published in 1911 by The Presbyterian Hymnal. Van Dyke wrote of this hymn:
These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time-hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. Therefore this is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.
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