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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."
The hymn, arranged for mixed chorus by F. Melius Christiansen, is the signature benedictory of the St. Olaf Choir and the Concordia Choir.

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.


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