Schönster Herr Jesu

Schönster Herr Jesu.  German, 17th century.  This hymn was printed in a Münster Gesangbuch of 1677, a Roman Catholic hymnbook (Münster was a Catholic city). It must have become popular, in the manner of a folk-song, because, according to The Hymnal 1940 Companion, it was recorded in 1839 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874) in the district of Glaz in Silesia. With Ernst Friedrich Richter (1808-1879) Hoffmann von Fallersleben edited a collection of Silesian folk-songs, Schlesische Volkslieder (Leipzig, 1842), in which this hymn appeared: Schönster Herr Jesu, Herrscher aller Erden, Gottes und Maria Sohn! Dich will ich lieben, Dich will ich ehren, Meiner Seelen Freud’ und...

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