Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer the moonlight
And all the stars in heav’n above;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
And brings to all the world his love.
Fair are the meadows,
Fairer the woodlands,
Robed in the flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer.
He makes the sorrowing spirit sing.
Lord of the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Thee will I honor, praise, and give glory,
Give praise and glory evermore!
-Anon., twelfth century
This arrangement lends itself to contemplation in quiet hours pondering the life of Christ — from his first breath in the manger to his last moments on Calvary. I love the idea that the very stars He created were looking down on him the night of his birth. Luminous as they were, none could shine brighter than the Christ child.
The second verse speaks of the earth with her stunning meadows and woodlands “robed in the flowers of blooming spring.” I devoted a full six measures trying to create the feel of flowers bursting into bloom.
My heart overflows with gratitude to Christ for his selfless gift. How can I ever thank him enough, my Beautiful Savior?
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