Beautiful Savior

Beautiful Savior Lyrics

1 Beautiful Savior, King of creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, truly I’d serve thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.

2 Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flow’rs of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorr’wing spirit sing.

3 Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

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

Beautiful Savior Hymn History

This hymn was originally written in German though no one knows who the author was.

It was first published in 1677 in the Roman Catholic’s “Münster Gesangbuch” translated as Munster Hymnbook, Munster being the name of a city. It had five stanzas.

There were other versions that appeared that had some differences from this version.

The song as we know it now is a translation by Joseph Seiss a, Lutheran Pastor. He is the one who gave it the title ‘Beautiful Savior’.

He grew up as Moravian before converting to the Lutheran church.

He was ordained as a Lutheran minister at Gettysburg College and Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

For those of you who are familiar with the history of the American Civil War you will remember that this is where a pivotal battle of that war was fought.

And it is where Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg speech. The speech that included the famous words, “hat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Joseph Seiss - Beautiful savior
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