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Fairest Lord Jesus – Hearty Hymns from A to Z

 Adoration of the Lord’s beauty and majesty and glory is woven into lots of treasured hymns. “Fairest Lord Jesus” is a familiar and beloved example. Joseph August Seiss translated this 17th century Jesuit hymn from German to English in 1873:

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.

The same tune is often sung to an alternate Seiss translation of the same lines, titled “Beautiful Savior.”

Listen to “Fairest Lord Jesus,” sung by Maranatha Celtic:

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