Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all natureAuthor and Translator: Anonymous
Tune: CRUSADERS' HYMN (111271)
Songs of Response
Published in 483 hymnals
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1 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.
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!
Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
now and forevermore be thine.
United Methodist Hymnal, 1989
|First Line:||Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature|
|Title:||Fairest Lord Jesus|
|German Title:||Schönster Herr Jesu|
|Author and Translator:||Anonymous|
|Source:||German: 17th Century|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
Bulletin Score (melody only)
The original, anonymous German text of this hymn first appeared in a 1662 manuscript in Münster, Germany. It was known in Germany, but its wider popularity came when A. H. Hoffman von Fallersleben and E. F. Richter published it in Schlesische Volkslieder, a collection of folk songs from Silesia, in 1842. There are two translations in common use. One is by Joseph Seiss and is titled “Beautiful Savior.” The other, which is more common, is anonymous and first appeared in Richard Storrs Willis's Church Chorals and Choir Studies in 1850. The text typically appears with four stanzas, which are all on the theme of the beauty of creation and the greater beauty of Christ, the Savior.
The tune that is best known with this text is usually called CRUSADER'S HYMN. It is also sometimes named SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU, after the first line of the German text. After it was used as a crusader's march in Franz Liszt's 1862 oratorio, The Legend of St. Elizabeth, the tune was also named ST. ELIZABETH. Though it is not the original tune for this text, SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU has been associated with “Fairest Lord Jesus” since both appeared in Fallersleben's and Richter's Schlesische Volkslieder in 1842.
This tune has the flexibility to be sung with a gentle mood or a powerful one, depending on the accompanying instruments and their volume. It is a flowing tune, and congregations may lose their rhythmic unison between the third and fourth lines unless the leader indicates clearly where to take a breath.
This hymn may be used as an opening hymn of praise or as a hymn of response. It may be sung at any time of year, and it is suitable for use at Christmas, especially in medley with carols, such as in the handbell setting combining “O Come Let Us Adore Him” with “Fairest Lord Jesus.” The frequent allusions to the beauty of nature make it suitable for use as a simple “Spring Carol,” in a choral setting for SAB choir accompanied only by a few handbells. The tune blends well with some contemporary worship songs, making it suitable for a blended worship service, such as in the medley “You Are My All in All/Fairest Lord Jesus.”
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
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|Instances (32)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #176||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph Augustus Seiss||Richard Storrs Willis||Irregular||Revelation 1:16||CRUSADER'S HYMN (ST. ELIZABETH)||E Flat Major||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #47||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph Augustus Seiss||Richard Storrs Willis; Greg Nelson||Irregular||CRUSADER'S HYMN (ST. ELIZABETH)||D Major||English||2008|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #159||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph August Seiss||Richard Storrs Willis||220.127.116.11.5.8||CRUSADERS' HYMN (ST ELIZABETH)||E Flat Major||2010|
|Celebration Hymnal #87||Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,||Fairest Lord Jesus||Anonymous; Joseph A. Seiss; Source unknown||Richard S. Willis||18.104.22.168.5.8||Isaiah 33:17||CRUSADERS' HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1997|
|Chalice Hymnal #97||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||22.214.171.124.5.8||ST. ELIZABETH||E Flat Major||1995|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #88||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #463||Fairest Lord Jesus||Lilian Stevenson (1870-1960)||Irregular||Psalm 27:4; Psalm 45:2; Song of Solomon 5:10; Song of Solomon 5:16||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU (ST. ELISABETH)||E Flat Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise #619||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||James Hopkirk, 1908-1972; Kenneth Hull, 1952-||Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 9:28-36; John 12:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 1:4-8; Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 9:28-36; John 12:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; Ephesians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 1:4-8||CRUSADERS' HYMN||E Flat Major||1998|
|Complete Mission Praise #823||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||126.96.36.199.5.8||2000|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #630||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph August Seiss||188.8.131.52.5.8||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||CRUSADERS’ HYMN||E Flat Major||English||2013|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #383||Fairest Lord Jesus||Thomas Tertuis Noble, 1867-1953||184.108.40.206.5.8||ST. ELIZABETH||E Flat Major||English||1985|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #384||Fairest Lord Jesus||220.127.116.11.5.8||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||f minor||English||1985|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People #57||Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||2007|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #209b||Fairest Lord Jesus||Lilian Stevenson (1870-1960)||W. K. Stanton (1891-1978)||5.5.8 D||SILCHESTER||F Major or modal||3212512354||German; English||1987|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #209a||Fairest Lord Jesus||Lilian Stevenson (1870-1960)||5.5.8 D||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||E Flat Major||11127||German; English||1987|
|Hymns of Faith #46||Fairest Lord Jesus!||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph A. Seiss||Richard S. Willis||Psalm 45:2||[Fairest Lord Jesus!]||E Flat Major||1980|
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #306||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||18.104.22.168.5.8||CRUSADERS' HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1990|
|Renew! #166||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph A. Seiss; Anonymous||Richard Storrs Willis||22.214.171.124.5.8||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1995|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #66||Fairest Lord Jesus! Ruler of all nature!||Fairest Lord Jesus!||Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||Richard S. Willis, 1819-1900||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1982|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #240||Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature||CRUSADER'S HYMN||1985|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #199||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||126.96.36.199.5.8||1999|
|Sing Joyfully #104||Fairest Lord Jesus!||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph A. Seiss||Richard S. Willis||[Fairest Lord Jesus!]||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Christian Life Hymnal #53||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||Crusader's Hymn (St. Elizabeth)||2006|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #88||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph A. Seiss||Richard S. Willis||188.8.131.52.5.8||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1986|
|The United Methodist Hymnal #189||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||Fairest Lord Jesus||Joseph August Seiss||Richard Storrs Willis||184.108.40.206.5.8||ST. ELIZABETH||E Flat Major||English||1989|
|The Worshiping Church #115||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||Anonymous; Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904||Richard S. Willis||220.127.116.11.5.8||Philippians 2:11; Philippians 2; Philippians 2:9; John 5:23; John 8:12; Psalm 27:4; Psalm 45:2; Psalm 46:2; Song of Solomon 2:1; Revelation 5:11-13; Revelation 22:16||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1990|
|Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II #203||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||18.104.22.168.5.8||1999|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #170||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||22.214.171.124.5.8||Psalm 45:2||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||English||1990|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #171||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||126.96.36.199.5.8||Psalm 45:2||SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU||f minor||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #341||Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature||Fairest Lord Jesus||James Hopkirk||188.8.131.52.5.8||CRUSADERS' HYMN (SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU)||D Major||English||1996|
|Worship and Rejoice #123||Fairest Lord Jesus||Fairest Lord Jesus||184.108.40.206.5.8||John 5:23; Psalm 27:4; Revelation 22:16; Mark 10:45; Revelation 5:11-13; Matthew 12:18; Philippians 2:9; Song of Solomon 2:1; John 8:12; Psalm 45:2||CRUSADER'S HYMN||E Flat Major||2001|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #120||Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature||Crusader's Hymn||1996|