“The Hymn of Joy” (often called “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 Symphony No. 9. Van Dyke’s lyrics were first published in 1911 in his Book of Poems, Third Edition.
About this hymn Van Dyke himself wrote: 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. It is a hymn of trust and joy and hope.