129. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

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1 Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung,
of Jesse’s lineage coming,
by faithful prophets sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
when half spent was the night.

2 Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
the rose I have in mind;
with Mary we behold it,
the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright
she bore for us a Savior,
when half spent was the night.

3 This flower, whose fragrance tender
with sweetness fills the air,
dispels with glorious splendor
the darkness everywhere.
Enfleshed, yet very God,
from sin and death he saves us
and lightens every load.

Text Information
First Line: Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
Title: Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Translator (stanzas 1, 2): Theodore Baker (1894, alt.)
Translator (stanza 3): Harriet Knuth Spaeth (1985, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 7.6.7.6.6.7.6
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:1; Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 35:1-2; Isaiah 53:2; Luke 2:7-20
Topic: Christian Year: Nativity/Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany; God's Covenant with Israel1 more...
Source: German carol
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ES IST EIN’ ROS’
Arranger: Michael Praetorius (1609)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.6.7.6
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1599


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Although the early copies of this 15th-century German text include many more stanzas than are printed here, this simpler, shorter form has much to commend it. This early 17th-century harmonization of the traditional chorale melody invites and rewards singing in parts.


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