Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Song

Fairest Lord Jesus
Anonymous German Hymn

Fairest Lord Jesus; Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son.
Thee will I cherish; The 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 the moonlight
And all the twinkling starry host.
Jesus shines brighter; Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heav'n can boast.

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

This hymn first appeared in 1677 in a Jesuit hymnbook. However it was in existence since 1662. We do not know who wrote it or translated it to English. It originally had six verses. The fourth stanza that we sing today was added in 1873 by Joseph A. Seiss and was written in a Lutheran Sunday School book.

11 comments:

Everyday Becky said...

I look forward to your Sunday Song posts. I love hymns. Thanks for sharing!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, yea, LOVE this hymn! thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day.

Suzanne

Betsy said...

I love this song! We always used to sing it at VBS when I was growing up. Such beautiful lyrics!

Have a great week!

Connie said...

I love this song. We haven't sang at church in awhile so I really enjoyed hearing it here. It is also easy to sing.

Richella said...

This is one of my all-time favorite hymns. It may sound corny, but sometimes I'll sing the melody to myself; other times I'll "listen" to the melody in my head and sing the alto part. And I always sing all the verses. Aren't they the best?

LifeNewEnglandStyle said...

Happy Belated Birthday to my 1st & best blogging pal! I hope it was wonderful!

Cari

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hi Shannon! I thought about you while we were on our trip to the beach. I wanted to do a family picture like y'all do every year. We even packed cute clothes for it too. Nope..didnt happen but thats ok. Just means we will have to try again..smiles~

number17cherrytreelane said...

beautiful.

Carie said...

I love this hymn, one of the greatest love songs ever written.

Renee said...

I love this song !!!!thanks for sharing..
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