FAIREST LORD JESUS                                                                  written by 1842

The Story

            This hymn is sometimes called the “Crusader’s Hymn” because, according to some, it was sung by German Crusaders as they made their way to the Holy Land. But no evidence of the tune exists prior to 1842.

This song contains no reference to persecution or to a crusade.  And it is not really the type of hymn that would mentally prepare one for a crusade! Instead, it speaks of praise to a wonderful Savior. Whoever wrote this hymn – and no one knows for sure – was close to nature and loved God’s creation… but loved the Creator even more!

The tune, originally a Silesian folk song, and the German text were printed for the first time in 1842 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Ernst Richter under the name Most beautiful Lord Jesus.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and, today, use it to praise God!

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature…

O Thou of God and man the Son,

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.

 

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,

wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;

none can be nearer, fairer or dearer,

than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

 

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.

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