Version 5: A Spotless Rose Is Blowing
Alternate Title: The Rose of Sharon
1. A spotless Rose is blowing,
Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seersí foreshowing,
Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light
Amid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.
2. The Rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing
In Mary, purest Maid;
For, through our Godís great love and might,
The blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold winterís night.
Through God's great love and might
The Blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold, cold winter's night.
Another musical setting for these lyrics was composed and arranged by Herbert Howells (1892-1983), A Spotless Rose, 1919 (SATB, with piano accompaniment for practice only). The score can be obtained from Stainer & Bell Ltd., London.
Howells was a pupil of Dr. Alfred Herbert Brewer (1865-1928), conductor, composer, and the organist of Gloucester Cathedral. Howells later studied at the Royal College of Music, and succeeded Holst in 1934 as director of music at St. Paul's Girls' School.
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