Nothing fair on earth I see

Representative Text

Nothing fair on earth I see
But I straightway think on Thee;
Thou art fairest in mine eyes,
Source in whom all beauty lies!

On Thy light I think at morn,
With the earliest break of dawn;
Think what glories lie in Thee,
Light of all Eternity!

When I watch the moon arise
'Mid heaven's thousand golden eyes,
Then I think, more glorious far
Is the Maker of yon star.

Or I cry in spring's sweet hours,
When the fields are gay with flowers,
As their varied hues I see,--
What must their Creator be!

When I wander by the stream,
Or beside the fountain dream,
Straight my thoughts take wing and mount
Up to Thee, the purest Fount.

Sweetly all the air is stirr'd
When the Echo's call is heard;
But no sounds my heart rejoice
Like to my Beloved's voice.

Take away then what could blind
Unto Thee my soul and mind;
Henceforth ever let my heart
See Thee, Saviour, as Thou art!

Source: Chorale Book for England, The #158

Author: Angelus Silesius

Pen name of Johann Scheffler… Go to person page >

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Nothing fair on earth I see
German Title: Keine Schönheit hat die Welt
Author: Angelus Silesius (1657)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855)
Language: English



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