Beautiful Savior, King of CreationTranslator: Joseph Augustus Seiss
Tune: CRUSADERS' HYMN (111271)
Published in 120 hymnals
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1 Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love Thee, truly I'd serve thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.
2 Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow'rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorr'wing spirit sing.
3 Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.
4 Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!
|First Line:||Beautiful Savior, King of Creation|
|German Title:||Schönster Herr Jesu|
|Translator:||Joseph Augustus Seiss|
|Source:||Gesangbuch, Münster, 1677|
st. 1 = 1 Tim. 1:17, 1 Tim. 6:16, Dan. 7:9, 13, 22
st. 3 = Isa. 40:28, Isa. 64:6
st. 4 = Isa. 6:2
This hymn expresses love and praise for Christ, the King of creation. The beauty of God's creation is readily affirmed, but the greater praise goes to the King of that creation, the same Christ who is the Lord of the nations! The framing stanzas (1 and 4) constitute a fine doxology.
The original German text ("Schönster Herr Jesu") appeared anonymously in a manuscript dated 1662 in Munster, Germany. It was published in the Roman Catholic Munsterisch Gesangbuch (1677) and, with a number of alterations, in the Schlesische Volkslieder (1842), a hymn book compiled by Hoffman and Richter.
The translation, primarily the work of Joseph A. Seiss (b. Graceham, MD, 1823; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1904), was based on the 1842 edition and first published in the Sunday School Book for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (1873). Another well known translation based on the 1842 version is the anonymous "Fairest Lord Jesus," published in Richard S. Willis's Church Chorals and Choir Studies (1850).
Seiss was born and raised in a Moravian home with the original family name of Seuss. After studying at Pennsylvania College in Gettysburg and completing his theological education with tutors and through private study, Seiss became a Lutheran pastor in 1842. He served several Lutheran congregations in Virginia and Maryland and then became pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church (1858-1874) and the Church of the Holy Communion (1874-1904), both in Philadelphia. Known as an eloquent and popular preacher, Seiss was also a prolific author and editor of some eighty volumes, which include The Last Times (1856), The Evangelical Psalmist (1859), Ecclesia Lutherana (1868), Lectures on the Gospels (1868-1872), and Lectures on the Epistles (1885). He contributed to and compiled several hymnals.
ST. ELIZABETH appears to be an eighteenth-century tune from the Glaz area of Silesia. It has always been associated with this text. No factual data exists for the legend that this text and tune date back to the twelfth-century crusades, although those apocryphal stories explain one of the names by which this tune is known, namely, CRUSADER'S HYMN. After Franz Liszt used the tune for a crusaders' march in his oratorio The Legend of St. Elizabeth (1862), the tune also became known as ST. ELIZABETH.
The entire text as a hymn of praise at the beginning of worship or as a sermon response; stanzas 1 and 4 (both doxologies) at the end of worship.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 13 of 13)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #177||Beautiful Savior!||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||1994||Adoration | ; Praise | ; Prayer |||<cite>Münster Gesangbuch</cite>, 1677|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #369||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||1993||Redeemer |||<cite>Münsterisch Gesangbuch,</cite> Münster, 1677, abr.|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #54||Beautiful Savior, King of Creation||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||J. A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||1996||<i>Gesangbuch, </i>Münster, 1677|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #838||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||5 5 7 5 5 8||2006||Praise, Thanksgiving | ; Temptation |||<cite>Gesangbuch</cite>, Münster, 1677|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #56||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||22.214.171.124.5.8||John 4:42||2007||Adoration and Praise | ; Jesus Christ |||<cite>Münster Gesangbuch</cite>, 1677|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #17||Beautiful Savior! King of creation||Beautiful Savior||ST. ELIZABETH||Joseph A. Seiss||126.96.36.199.5.8||John 1:1-4; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:1-13; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:16; Daniel 7:9; Daniel 7:13; Daniel 7:22; Isaiah 40:28; Isaiah 64:6; Isaiah 6:2||2013||Church Year | Christmas; Church Year | Transfiguration; Creation | ; Jesus Christ | King; Jesus Christ | Son of God; Jesus Christ | Son of Man||<cite>Gesangbuch, Münster</cite>, 1677|
|Lutheran Service Book #537||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||Hebrews 1:1-13; John 1:1-4; John 1:14; Luke 1:30-33; John 12:46||2006||Redeemer |||<cite>Münsterisch Gesangbuch,</cite> Münster, 1677|
|Lutheran Worship #507||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||1982||Spiritual Songs |||<cite>Gesangbuch,</cite> Münster, 1677|
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #568||Beautiful Savior (Glorioso Cristo)||Beautiful Savior (Glorioso Cristo)||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU (ST. ELIZABETH)||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904; Federico J. Pagura, b. 1923||5 5 6 5 5 8||Isaiah 6:2; Isaiah 40:28; Isaiah 64:6; Daniel 7:13; 1 Timothy 1:17; 1 Timothy 6:15-16||2013||Solemnities of the Lord | Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; Solemnidades del Señor | Sagrado Corazón de Jesús; Rites of the Church | Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction; Ritos de la Iglesia | Adoración y Bendición Eucaristica; Alabanza | ; Praise | ; Alegría | ; Joy | ; Amor Para Dios | ; Love for God | ; Beauty | ; Belleza | ; Canción | ; Song | ; Comfort | ; Consuelo | ; Creación | ; Creation | ; Faith | ; Fe | ; Jesucristo | ; Jesus Christ | ; Majestad y Poder | ; Majesty and Power |||<cite>Münster Gesangbuch</cite>, 1677|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #461||Beautiful Savior||Beautiful Savior||ST. ELIZABETH||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||557 558||1987||Doxologies | ; Praise & Adoration | ; Songs for Children | Hymns; Creation and Providence | ; Creation | ; Kingdom | ; Light | ; Nation | ; Providence |||<i>Gesangbuch</i>, Münster, 1677|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #54||Beautiful Savior, King of Creation||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||2006|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #317||Beautiful Savior!||Beautiful Savior!||CRUSADERS' HYMN||188.8.131.52.5.8.||Psalm 45:2; John 8:12; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1||1996||1st Sunday after Epiphany | ; Children's Hymns | ; Creation and Earth | ; Epiphany | Life; Incarnation | ; Jesus Christ | Lordship; Praise to Christ Jesus | ; Transfiguration |||<i>Münster Gesangbuch</i>, 1677|
|The History of Hymn Singing as told through One hundred & One famous hymns #15||Beautiful Savior! King of creation!||[Beautiful Savior! King of creation!]||1982|