3891. 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 men of old have 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 to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

3. The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

4. This flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

5. 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 from tender stem hath sprung
Title: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
German Title: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Author (vs. 1 & 2): Anonymous (15th Century)
Translator v. 1 & 2 (from German): Theodore Baker (1894)
Author (v. 3 & 4): Friedrich Layritz (1875)
Translator v. 3 & 4 (from German): Har­ri­et Rey­nolds Krauth
Author or translator v. 5: John C. Mat­tes (1914)
Language: English
Notes: This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie Love Sto­ry (1971).
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us (1609)
Composer: Anonymous (1599)
Incipit: 55565 53432 17715
Key: F Major
Source: Al­te Ca­thol­ische Geist­liche Kirch­en­ge­säng (Köln, Ger­ma­ny: 1599)
Copyright: Public Domain

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