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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

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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

Baptist Hymnal 2008

Translator: Theodore Baker

Theodore Baker (b. New York, NY, 1851; d. Dresden, Germany, 1934). Baker is well known as the compiler of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (first ed. 1900), the first major music reference work that included American composers. Baker studied music in Leipzig, Germany, and wrote a dissertation on the music of the Seneca people of New York State–one of the first studies of the music of American Indians. From 1892 until his retirement in 1926, Baker was a literary editor and translator for G. Schirmer, Inc., in New York City. In 1926, he returned to Germany. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987 Go to person page >

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1-2 = Isa. 11:1, Isa. 35:1-2, Luke 1-2, Matt. 2
st. 3 = John 1

This “Twelfth Night” German carol from the Rhineland region combines the story of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 2 with Isaiah's prophecies about the "rose" from the "stem of Jesse " (Isa. 11:1; 35:1-2). Stanzas 1 and 2 are a combination of folklore ("amid the cold of winter") and Christological interpretation of Isaiah 11:1 and 35: 1-2. Stanza 3 introduces imagery from John 1.

Originally "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen," the carol may date back to the fifteenth century. However, the earliest manuscript containing the text, found in St. Alban's Carthusian monastery in Trier and preserved in the Trier munici¬pal library, is dated around 1580. It was first published with twenty-three stanzas in Alte catholische geistliche Kirchengesiinge (Cologne, 1599). Originally stanza 2 interpreted the "rose" as being Mary, mother of Jesus. But in Musae Sionae (1609) Michael Praetorius changed the interpretation to point to Christ as the rose in accord with actual biblical imagery. In that hymnbook Praetorius published only stanzas 1 and 2.

The English translation of stanzas 1 and 2 in the Psalter Hymnal are by Theodore Baker (b. New York, NY, 1851; d. Dresden, Germany, 1934) and are possibly from anthem setting published by G. Schirmer, Inc., in 1894 when Baker was music editor there. Baker is well known as the compiler of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (first ed. 1900), the first major music reference work that included American composers. Baker studied music in Leipzig, Germany, and wrote a dissertation on the music of the Seneca people of New York State–one of the first studies of the music of American Indians. From 1892 until his retirement in 1926, Baker was a literary editor and translator for G. Schirmer, Inc., in New York City. In 1926, he returned to Germany.

Stanza 3 is a translation by Gracia Grindal (b. Powers Lake, ND, 1943), originally published in the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). Grindal was educated at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota; the University of Arkansas; and Luther-Northwestern Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has served since 1984 as a professor of pastoral theology and communications. From 1968 to 1984 she was a professor of English and poet-in-residence at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Included in her publications are Sketches Against the Dark (1981), Scandinavian Folksongs (1983), Lessons in Hymnwriting (1986, 1991), and We Are One in Christ: Hymns, Paraphrases, and Translations (1996). She was instrumental in producing the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) and The United Methodist Hymnal (1989).

Liturgical Use:
Advent and the Christmas season; useful as a response to the Isaiah 11 passage, especially in services of lessons and carols or "carols from many lands."

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

ES IST EIN ROS (5556553)

First published with the text in the Cologne Gesangbuch of 1599 (see above), ES IST EIN ROS is a rounded bar form tune (AABA). The tune has characteristics of a Renaissance madrigal; it invites performance by an unaccompanied choir so that all the fine part writing and subtle rhythms can be clearly…

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #235
A Treasury of Hymns, the Best-Loved Hymns, Carols ... #d140
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #78TextAudioPage Scan
Cantate Omnes ... with Supplement #d57
Carols of Christmas #51
Christian Hymns #59
Christian Worship, a Hymnal. Special ed. #d234
Christmas Favorites #45
Favorite Hymns #d66
Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #d158
Hymnal for Colleges and Schools. 3rd ed. #d159
Hymnal for Juniors in Worship and Study #d56
Hymns for the Celebration of Life #d117
Hymns for Today #d30
Hymns for Worship #d94
Hymns of Faith and Life #d270
Pilgrim Hymnal #131
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #131
Small Church Music #698Audio
Songs for Young and Old #d75
Songs of Praise for Schools #d57
Songs of the Church #d133
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d237
The Beacon Hymnal #d115
The Book of Praise #135
The Catholic Hymnal and Service Book. Organ ed. #d81
The Catholic Hymnal and Service Book. Pew ed. #d81
The Christian Life Hymnal #84
The Churches of God Hymnal. #d279
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #148
The Cyber Hymnal #3891TextScoreAudio
The Family Hymnal: for the worship of God #38
The Hymnal #d260
The Hymnal of the Evangelical Mission Covenant Church of America #d277
The Junior Hymnal and Suggested Orders of Worship #d141
The New Saint Basil Hymnal #d79
The Pius X Hymnal #d77
The Pius X Hymnal for Unison, Two Equal, or Four Mixed Voices. Rev. ed. #d62
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #57
The Worshipbook: Services and Hymns #455TextPage Scan
The Youth Hymnary #d114
Worship and Hymns for All Occasions #d116
Worship II, a Hymnal for Roman Catholic Parishes #d146
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #56Text
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #177TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #69
Worship (3rd ed.) #374TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #373Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #451Page Scan
Worship (4th ed.) #438Flexscore
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #133
Rejoice in the Lord #204TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #263
Gather Comprehensive #368TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #211
Songs of Light, the Bruderhof Songbook #332
Children's Hymnal #165
The Hymnal #164
Hymns for Youth #65
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #129Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymns for the Family of God #174
Rejoice Hymns #229
Sing Joyfully #196TextPage Scan
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #160TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #160TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #48TextPage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #105TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #272TextAudioPage Scan
Hymns to the Living God #125TextPage Scan
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #255TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #163TextFlexscorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #221TextFlexscorePage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #79Audio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #351Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #81TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #127TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #8TextPage Scan
The Hymnbook #162TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #190TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #359TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #255
Chalice Hymnal #126TextPage Scan
The Mennonite Hymnal #131
Common Praise (1998) #117TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #216Audio
Christian Worship: a hymnal #194
The Beacon Song and Service book #209
Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #95TextPage Scan
Songs of Light, the Bruderhof Songbook #301
Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #38TextPage Scan
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