From the compilation,
The One-year Book of Hymns
Edited by Kathryn S. Olson
Fairest Lord Jesus
This hymn may have first been sung by followers of reformer John Hus, who lived near Prague around 1400. In an anti-Reformation purge, Hussites were expelled from Bohemia and went into Silesia, where they became weavers and cobblers, maintaining their faith in secret. But they had a strong tradition of hymn singing, and the most reliable tradition says that this hymn came from these humble
The hymn contains no comments on persecution, but only praise to a wonderful Savior. The lyricist of this hymn was close to nature and adored God’s creation but recognized that even fairer than the creation is the Creator. This season, as we bask in the beauties of all that God has given us to enjoy, we must not forget that Jesus is fairer and purer than all the blooming garb of spring.
Fairest Lord Jesus
1677 Translator unknown
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.
Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! PSALM 148:1-4
© 2017 by Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton All rights reserved
Paraphrased by Music Director, David K. Bakken, Ed.D.
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May 9, 2021