Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming

Full Text

O glorious rose fair blooming,
From fragile stem hath sprung!
As men of old were singing,
From Jesse came a son,
When bloomed this radiant flower
Amid the snows of winter,
Close at the midnight hour.

That rose with fragrance laden,
Isaiah had in mind;
Mary, the holy maiden,
Should give to all mankind.
Thro' God's eternal pow'r
She bore the infant Saviour,
Close at the midnight hour.

Christmas Carols and Hymns: for school and choir, 1910

Translator: Paul R. Pope

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Text Information

First Line: O glorious fair blooming
Title: Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
German Title: Es ist ein' Ros Entsprugen
Translator: Paul R. Pope
Language: English
Publication Date: 1910
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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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