German, 17th Century


FAIREST Lord Jesus,

Ruler of all nature,

O Thou of God and man the Son;

Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honour,

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 fair 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 Saviour art to me.


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