A Hymn for the First Day of Spring

Mar 19, 2024

Have you noticed the first signs of spring yet where you live? Here in south-central Iowa, we're seeing buds, some blooms and, although a bit blustery lately, extra sunshine. 

The hymn writer had this season in mind when he began to write the words, "Fairest Lord Jesus."

When reading or singing this hymn, our minds first envision beautifully colored meadows, bright sunshine and a clear night sky. And then the lyrics remind us of the Someone behind all the beauty who is even more beautiful, brighter and clearer. 

Springtime reminds us of our beautiful Savior. 

Read the hymn below.

Beautiful Savior (also known as Fairest Lord Jesus)

From the German, 17th Century; 4th Verse Translated by Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904

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.

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

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