126. The Peaceful Realm

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins. R

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. R

Text Information
First Line: Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
Title: The Peaceful Realm
Response, tr.: Theodore Baker (1894)
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: God Known in Jesus Christ: Advent; Canticles; Christian Year: Advent (2 more...)
Source: Isaiah 11:1-6,8-9 [NRSV]; Response: German carol (15th century)
Notes: A musical phrase from "Es ist ein Ros" used as a response.
Tune Information
Arranger: Michael Praetorius (1609)
Key: F Major

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