The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Found Is The Fairest of Roses

For Christmas

Version 2
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Words: Den Yndigste Rose Er Funden, Hans Adolf Brorson, trans., J. C. Asberg

Music: "Despair Not, O Heart", Anonymous, 4th Century?, 1542

Andreas Bersagel, et al., eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)

1. For found is the fairest of roses,
‘Monst briars it sweetly reposes;
My Jesus so precious and holy
Abode among sinners so lowly.

2. Since man his Creator deserted
And wholly His image perverted,
The world like a desert was lying,
And all in transgression were dying.

3. But God, as His promise has granted,
A Rose in the desert has planted,
Which now is with sweetness endowing
The race that in evil was growing.

4. All men should with gladness forever
Give praises to God for His favor,
But many have ne’er comprehended
The Rose to the world has descended.

5. My Jesus, Thou ever remainest
My glory and crown, who sustainest
My heart in the fullness of pleasure;
Thy sweetness alone I will treasure.

6. The world may of all things bereave me,
Its thorns may annoy and aggrieve me,
The foe may affliction engender,
My rose I will never surrender.

Sheet Music "Despair Not, O Heart" from Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932), #153

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