Buddy, my 7 year old, has begun to play "Ode to Joy" on the piano. He started taking lessons last summer. All week long, as he practices, the lyrics have been running through my head. I'm thinking of the poem "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee", written by Henry Van Dyke in 1907. He meant it to be sung to the melody from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, commonly called "Ode to Joy". Here's the first verse:
"Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
Opening to their 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."
Read the rest here. It seems to go perfectly well with the burst of lovely Spring weather we've had this week. Hearts are unfolding like flowers all over the place!
In the movie Sister Act II the choir sings it this way:
Doesn't that make you want to jump up and dance with joy? We are out celebrating Spring for all we are worth over here! The rest of the Friday Poetry celebration is over at Some Novel Ideas. Enjoy your weekend!