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Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy lyrics

[Baritone]
Oh friends, not these tones!
Let us raise our voices in more
Pleasing and more joyful sounds
!

ODE TO JOY (Friedrich Schiller)

[Baritone, Quarter and Chorus]
Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted
;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

May he who has had the fortune
To gain a true friend
And he who has won a noble wife
Join in our jubilation
!

Yes, even if he calls but one soul
His own in all the world.
But he who has failed in this
Must steal away alone and in tears.

All the world's creatures
Draw joy from nature's breast;
Both the good and the evil
Follow her rose-strewn path.

She gave us kisses and wine
And a friend loyal unto death;
She gave lust for life to the lowliest,
And the Cherub stands before God.

[Tenor Solo and Chorus]
Joyously, as his suns speed
Through Heaven's glorious order,
Hasten, Brothers, on your way,
Exulting as a knight in victory.

[Chorus]

Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Joy, beautiful spark of the gods,
Daughter of Elysium,
We enter fire imbibed,
Heavenly, thy sanctuary.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Can you sense the Creator, world?
Seek him above the starry canopy.
Above the stars He must dwell.

Joy, daughter of Elysium
Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.

Joy, beautiful spark of Gods!,
Daughter of Elysium,
Joy, beautiful spark of Gods!.



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    Keith Law
    By the time that he composed the ninth symphony, Beethoven was completely deaf. Imagine what an ordeal it was for a man who had devoted his life to music to lose his hearing! To me, Ode to Joy is about one man's struggles and ultimate redemption. I consider the ninth symphony Beethoven's gift to humanity. He created this beautiful piece of music for everyone to enjoy, but he was unable to hear it.
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    To me it says man has always struggled to find meaning to his life and the worlds. All peoples struggle to find peace and love in this life. The multitudes of all the people that have died and are embraced in gods eternal heaven wait for us to see as we live the true meaning of love but know that if we give honor to all of gods creatures by striving for peace and love and truth, we will be united again in god"s eternal heaven upon our death.
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    For me it means, start praising God, feel joy at the beauty of nature, don't lay around overcome with depression, We can still lay around, but remember that this world is so beautiful that there's a lot to give thanks for and it's in praising God that we please Him and find peace.
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    Rabo Karabekian
    So, the words: conflations of contradictory fantasies. (gods, starry father, Elysium, embedded in fire, etc.) Little wonder the words are rarely translated when presented in the various countries where this experience is presented.
    Neither Beethoven nor we hear with our ears, but with our minds (mostly our emotions). His emotions clearly are so powerful that together with him, across the planet and the years, no matter our nonsensical assumptions, his being and our being cries out for Joy, beyond comprehension, beyond words, beyond ideas. YAWP!
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    PastorEd
    Schiller was Christian and his lyrics are those of a Christian honoring God's inspiration in Beethoven's music, who was also Christian. It is a celebration of the joy of salvation, with many references to Scripture, which will only be caught by Christians who have chosen to > "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
    Re: The joy of the Lord, about which these lyrics are written: http://utmost.org/my-joy-your-joy/
    Re: Schiller: http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_91-96/931_Schiller_Ode.html
    Re: Beethoven www.beethoven.org.pl/en
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