The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Now Blossom See From Jesse's Stem

Iam radix Jesse floruit

For Christmas

(From Daniel. xv cent.)

Source: G. R. Woodward, ed., The Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide (London: H. Grice, 1897), Carol #17, pp. 26-27.

Now blossom see from Jesse's stem,
Nay, fruit on branch of Bethlehem:
Thrice welcome tidings for mankind,
Sweet solace for the troubled mind. Alleluya.

A Saviour now is given to earth;
Christ, God and Man, hath human birth:
The Lord's own day, for all and some,
Welcome the time that now is come. Alleluya.

Full sweetly Mary Christ doth child,
Yet maiden she, all undefiled:
Sun, moon and stars, O clap your hands,
And skip for gladness, all ye lands. Alleluya.

Leave, swains, your flocks upon the mead,
To yonder cradle run with speed;
Behold and see the new-born King,
And with the angelic chorus sing. Alleluya.

Arise, ye kings, from Saba far;
Tread in the wake of Jacob's star:
Present the Child with offerings free,
And bless him, low on bended knee. Alleluya.

All glory to the Three in One,
Of whom this work of grace was done:
Let every age with Mary mild
Unite, to laud her heavenly Child. Alleluya.


I believe that the reference to to "Daniel" refers to Dr. Hermann Adalbert Daniel, Thesaurus hymnologicus sive Hymnorum. Five Volumes. (Hallis: Sumptius Eduardi Anton, 1841-1856).

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