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Allie

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The Hymn of Joy
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:43:17 AM »
During my prayer time this morning, I looked for some music I could play for inspiration.   In my search, I found an old favorite of mine.   It is called the "Hymn of Joy" and was written by  Henry van Dyke way back in 1907.   It was set to the melody of the "Ode to Joy"  which is found in Ludwig van Beethoven's final symphony.     I read these beautiful words and listened to the majestic tones of a gifted composer.  I share them with you this day:

The Hymn of Joy:

"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,
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!
"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."  - St. Francis of Assisi

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Re: The Hymn of Joy
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 10:54:25 AM »
Dear Allie, thank you for posting these beautiful words.
How wonderful!
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Re: The Hymn of Joy
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 12:31:04 PM »
Dear Allie, you've come up with another gem. Based on jolly old Ludwig, no less.
Lately I've been listening (on Youtube) to a series of programs put on by CBS back in the 70s. They were called Young Peoples' Concerts by Leonard Bernstein. One was all about Beethoven, but the main reason I'm putting this all down is that Bernstein, in addition to being a brilliant conductor and composer, was also an excellent, entertaining teacher. (And undoubtedly still is, wherever he is now.)

The audience comprised mostly nicely dressed young folks, and Bernstein never talked down to them. He treated them like intelligent, cultured people who might benefit from more information presented with a light touch. Anyone who teaches or lectures could learn much from his approach. And, of course, they played a concert.

Great stuff. There were a number of these programs, but just look up Young Peoples' Concerts Leonard Bernstein and of course there they are.

Nice one, Sis. Jim
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Re: The Hymn of Joy
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 03:46:07 PM »
Hi Jim,   I remember hearing about the Young People's Concerts years ago but never stopped to listen to them.   After you mentioned them, I went back to listen to a few.   I didn't know they started in 1958 and went on to 1972.    Leonard Bernstein is an excellent teacher.   I have been in many musical groups over the years, but I learned so much in just one afternoon.

He successfully explained the "Anatomy of a Symphony" and also "What is music?" to a large group of mostly kids and kept their attention!   He said that "music is a combination of sounds put together according to a plan".  How simple and yet so true.   I feel like I just consumed a wonderful banquet of sounds.   Thank you, Jim!............................Allie
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Re: The Hymn of Joy
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 06:00:19 PM »
Allie, I enjoyed your post and as Jim, I listened to YouTube videos of the music.
I want to share this beautiful song about the birth of Jesus. I first heard it two years ago, just after discovering the UB, and hearing this song still brings me to my knees.
Don

Live Performance, Chris Tomlin
Singer: Lauren Daigle
https://youtu.be/5Vwu-t7QRaE

Lauren Daigle with scrolling Noel Lyrics:
https://youtu.be/jGg7KdN19rs

Lyrics and credits:

Noel
Love incarnate, love divine
Star and angels gave the sign
Bow to babe on bended knee
The Savior of humanity
Unto us a Child is born
He shall reign forevermore

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

Son of God and Son of man
There before the world began
Born to suffer, born to save
Born to raise us from the grave
Christ the everlasting Lord
He shall reign forevermore

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel

Noel, Noel
Come and see what God has done
Noel, Noel
The story of amazing love!
The light of the world, given for us
Noel, Noel

Songwriters: Edmond Martin Cash / Matthew James Redman / Chrisopher D Tomlin
Noel lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group, Music Services, Inc

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