The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

From Jesse's Root Behold A Branch Arise

For Advent

Words: Unknown

Set to the tune "Savannah" by Flavel.

1. From Jesse’s root behold a branch arise,
Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies ;
Hark ! a glad voice the lonely desert cheers,
Prepare the way, your God—your God appears.

2. The Saviour comes, by ancient seers foretold,
Hear Him ye deaf; and all ye blind behold ;
The dumb shall sing, the lame his crutch forego,
And leap, exulting, like the bounding roe.

3. No sigh, no murmur, the wide world shall hear,
From every face He wipes off every tear;
In everlasting chains shall death be bound,
And hell’s fierce tyrant feel th’ eternal wound.

Sheet Music to "Savannah" from John Gibson and L. G. Fessenden, eds., The Prairie Vocalist: A Collection of Church Music, comprising a choice variety of psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, choruses, sentences, chants, &c., from the best American and European composers ; together with a concise and progressive elementary course of instruction, the whole adapted to the use of choirs, singing schools and musical associations (Moore, Anderson, Wilstach & Keys, 1853), p. 177.

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Sheet Music to "Savannah" from Lowell Mason, ed., The Modern Psalmist: A Collection of Church Music, comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes and occasional pieces in general use; together with a great variety of new tunes, anthems, motetts, sentences, chants, &c., by distinguished European authors; many of which have been composed or arranged expressly for this work (J. H. Wilkins and R. B. Carter, 1841), p. 256.

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Sheet music to "Hansen" from Lowell Mason and George James Webb, eds., The Psaltery, A New Collection of Church Music (Boston: Wilkins, Carter, and Co., 1845), p. 47.

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Sheet music to the tune "Savannah" also occurs in The Sharm, p. 247. The page on which the music occurs, however, is damaged. See: William Batcheler Bradbury and George Frederick Root, eds., The Sharm: A Library of Church Music : Embracing about One Thousand Pieces : Consisting of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Adapted to Every Meter in Use, Anthems, Chants and Set Pieces : to which is Added an Original Cantata, Entitled Daniel, Or, The Captivity and Restoration : Including, Also, The Singing Class : an Entirely New and Practical Arrangement of the Elements of Music, Interspersed with Social Part-songs for Practice (Mason Brothers, 1853), p. 256.

The theme of Jesse's Root occurs frequently in sacred hymnology, including in the Greater Advent Antiphons. See Veni Veni Emanuel and notes.

The first two lines are from Alexander Pope's "Messiah: A Sacred Eclogue, in Imitation of Virgil's Pollio," published Spectator, 1712, citing Isaiah, Chapter 11. See: The Messiah-A Sacred Ecologue (1712) by Alexander Pope.

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