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Text:Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Translator (into English):Theodore Baker
Translator (into French):L. Monastier
Harmonizer:Michael Praetorius

8. 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 seers of old have sung.
It came a blossom 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 Saviour
when half-spent was the night.


1 D'un arbre séculaire,
du vieux tronc d'Isaï,
durant l'hiver austère,
un frais rameau jaillit;
et, sur le sol durci,
dans la nuit calme et claire,
une rose a fleuri.

2 Dieu, par leur voix fervente,
de nombreux serviteurs,
à son peuple en attente,
promettait un Sauveur.
Il vient, suprême honneur,
chez une humble servante,
toute à son pur bonheur.

Text Information
First Line: Lo, how a rose e'er blooming (D'un arbre séculaire)
Title: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Translator (into French): L. Monastier
Translator (into English): Theodore Baker (1894)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 6 7 6
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Biblical Characters: Isaiah; Biblical Characters: Jesse; Biblical Characters: Mary, Mother of Jesus (16 more...)
Source: German, 15th century
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Michael Praetorius (1609)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 6 7 6
Key: F Major
Source: German traditional melody 1599

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