|Composer David Ashley White
Text German, tr. composite, 1850, alt.
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Topics Love (of God)
Length 2' 25" Price $1.50 (U.S.)
Catalog no. 420-235 Difficulty Mod. easy
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This motet provides a fresh look at a familiar hymn. White quotes the hymn tune ST. ELIZABETH at the end of each phrase, but primarily sets the text to his original music. White's deft handling of the text makes for a rewarding and memorable anthem.
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,
fair'r 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,
fair'r still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling, starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
than all the angels heav'n can boast.
-- German, tr. composite, 1850, alt.