Sunday, June 26, 2011

Fairest Lord Jesus

This week I'm highlighting one of my favorite hymns. It's history is a bit cloudy. Thought to be written around 1607 by German Jesuits, it first appeared in print anonymously in 1677 in a German Roman Catholic publication. Of the four verses the first three were translated from German and the last added, in English in 1873, by Lutheran Pastor Joseph A. Seiss.

Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.



  1. Oh, I love this hymn, Linda. I love when you share the story behind these beautiful songs.

    How are you doing? We are finally done with VBS and I slept for two hours this afternoon! Oh, my, I think I'm too old for this.

  2. Linda, there is so much beauty around us... to show us the beauty of our Creator ~ poetry and song help us to praise and worship him!
    Thank you for bringing us these beautiful words to shine on the truth!
    Chris and I are enjoying our time here in Austin, TX ... it's been soooo wonderful being with Jason and enjoying some REAL sunshine.
    It's still raining and only 68 this afternoon in NY.

    *Have a sweet week*

  3. I'm not familiar with this one, but the words are wonderful, Linda.

  4. I love hearing the history of these wonderful old hymns! I find it so interesting. Thank you for sharing Linda! :)

  5. I learned this beautiful hymn when I was in junior high glee club. Two other girls and I were chosen to sing it at a bi-state musical festival; I sang alto. We won first place as I recall. Thank you for posting it for us.

  6. I always love these old reminders of what we use to sing out of the hymnal ... never sing them anymore though. The history part is great too (o:

  7. This hymn is a favorite in our little country church. Thank you for sharing the history here. I enjoy the stories, and remember them when I open my hymnal! Thank you for that gift.

  8. I think we knew this as "Beautiful Savior." I remember singing it in Sunday School.