The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

For Christmas

Version 2

Words:  Es ist ein Reis entsprungen, 15th Century German carol,
Translator Unknown
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Music: Es Ist Ein Ros, Anonymous, 16th Century
(Arr. by Michael Praetorius, 1609)
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Meter: 76 76 676

1. Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
On tender root has grown.
A Rose by prophet’s singing,
To all the world made known.

The Rose ‘midst winter’s cold;
A lonely blossom bearing,
In former days foretold.

2. This Rose then of my story,
Isaiah did proclaim.
What God ordain’d in glory,
By blessed Mary came.

The Child the Virgin bore,
The world’s salvation bringing
Through Him for evermore.

3. The Rosebud small and tender
Gives fragrance every day.
And by It’s brilliant splendor
Makes darkness pass away.

True God, true Man, we pray,
Help us in ev’ry sorrow,
And guard us on our way.

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