359. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

1 Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As prophets long have sung,
It cam a flow'ret 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 to us a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.

3 This flow'r, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness ev'rywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death he saves us
And lightens ev'ry load.

4 O Savior, child of Mary,
Who felt our human woe;
O Savior, King of glory,
Who dost our weakness know:
Bring us at length we pray
To the bright courts of heaven,
And to the endless day.

Text Information
First Line: Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
Title: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Translator (sts. 1-2: Theodore Baker, 1851-1934
Author (st. 3): Friedrich L. C. Layriz, 1808-59
Translator (st. 3): Harriet R. K. Spaeth, 1845-1925
Translator (st. 4): John C. Mattes, 1876-1948
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 76 76 6 76
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-2; Matthew 1:20-21; Hebrews 2:14-15; Luke 2:1-18
Source: German, 16th cent. (sts. 1-2, 4)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ES IST EIN ROS (Rhythmic)
Arranger: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Meter: 76 76 6 76
Key: F Major or modal
Source: Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengeseng, Köln, 1599



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