[Springboard] song going round in my head

Marilyn R Crocker marilyncrocker at juno.com
Mon Aug 11 22:55:06 EDT 2008

Hi Jim,

Did you mean, perhaps, the classical hymn set to the tune of Beethoven's
Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Thee..... to which we (OE), much later, set the

Come all spirits roaming freely
Bind your will in common trust
Stand beneath the gaze of neighbor
Ready to engage their trust... etc.

This may not be the music you recall, but it was the processional for our
wedding in 1967, so is also going around in my head.  

I think this following translation of Schiller's An die Freude is
wonderfully appropriate for our dear David.

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.

Marilyn R. Crocker, Ed.D
Crocker & Associates, Inc.
123 Sanborn Road
West Newfield, ME 04095
(207) 793-3711
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