160. 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 Flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone 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-gone was the night.

3 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.

Text Information
First Line: Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
Title: Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming
Translator (st. 1, 2): Theodore Baker
Translator, Stanza 3: Harriet Krauth Spaeth
Publication Date: 1986
Topic: Christ: Birth
Source: German carol
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Michael Praetorius
Key: F Major
Source: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne, 1599

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