630. Fairest Lord Jesus

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1 Fairest Lord Jesus,
Ruler of all nature,
O thou of God to earth come down,
thee will I cherish,
thee will I honor,
thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

2 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.

3 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.

4 Beautiful Savior,
Ruler of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine!

Text Information
First Line: Fairest Lord Jesus
Title: Fairest Lord Jesus
Translator (st. 4): Joseph August Seiss (1873, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 5.6.8.5.5.8
Scripture: Psalm 45:2; John 5:23; John 8:12; John 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 1:31; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 22:16
Topic: Adoration; Creation; Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign3 more...
Source: Münster Gesangbuch, 1677; Sts. 1-3, trans. Church Chorals and Choir Studies, 1850, alt.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: CRUSADERS’ HYMN
Meter: 5.6.8.5.5.8
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Silesian folk melody; Schlesische Volkslieder, 1842


Text Information:

Franz Liszt used this melody for a “Crusaders’ March” in an oratorio, but this hymn had nothing to do with the Crusades. No record of the German text exists before the middle of the 17th century or of the Silesian folk melody before the first half of the 19th century


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