Fairest Lord Jesus

Words:5.6.8.5.5.8 • German, 17th century, tr. Richard S. Willis’ Church Chorals and Choir Studies, p. 193 (1850)
Music:CRUSADER’S HYMN • Fallersleben & Ernst’s Schlesische Volkslieder mit Melodien, #287 (1842), arr. Richard S. Willis (1850), with historical influences

Words

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 heav’n can boast!

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 116 Identical Harmony in measure 3 altered to match measure 12;
Alto ending altered to add fifth to final chord
Songs of Faith and Praise 288 Identical Adds descant
Praise for the Lord 137 Adds vs 4, “Beautiful Savior…”1 Identical
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 41 Identical Harmony in measure 3 altered to match measure 12;
Alto ending altered to add fifth to final chord
Songs of the Church 102 Identical Identical
Sacred Selections 514 Identical Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 450 Identical Harmony in measure 3 altered to match measure 12;
Alto ending altered to add fifth to final chord
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 369 Identical Identical

1This additional stanza comes from an alternate translation of the same hymn made by Joseph Augustus Seiss and published in The Sunday School Book for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (Philadelphia, 1873):

Beautiful Savior,
  Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
  Glory and honor,
  Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

This stanza is excellent. Unfortunately, it uses a slightly different meter, complicating the slurs and ties that would be necessary in the music to accommodate stanzas of unequal meter. For now, we have chosen not to include it. If you would like us to consider including it, email us at feedback@hymnsonline.org.

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15