LIBERTY, October 20, 2013 - Fairest Lord Jesus is a Christian hymn. The melody is common, but the song exists in many languages. Its origin is not fully known. It is also known by other titles, including Beautiful Savior.
The melody originates in Silesia, where it had been known as a folk song for a long time. The melody and its German text were printed for the first time in 1842 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Ernst Richter under the name Schönster Herr Jesu (Most beautiful Lord Jesus).
There is less information about the origin of the English translation than there is for the German. Several popular myths exist. According to some accounts, it was called "Crusader's Hymn" because it was sung by German Crusaders as they made their way to the Holy Land. The English lyrics may have first appeared in 1677, published as "first of three selected hymns."
Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
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