Blessings to you, the readers of this page, in Jesus Christ our Lord. May He guide you and protect you always.

LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING

Words: 15th Century carol (Es ist ein Rosent­sprung­en); verses 1-2 translated from German to English by Theodore Bak­er, 1894. Verses 3-4, Friedrich Layritz, translated by Harriet Reynolds Krauth, 1875. Verse 5, translated or written by John C. Mat­tes, 1914. Music: Es Ist Ein Ros’, Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Ger­ma­ny: 1599); har­mo­ny by Michael Praetorius, 1609

MIDI music file at => http://www.patriot.net/users/bmcgin/umh216.mid

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Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as men of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, the virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, she bore to men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True Man, yet very God, from sin and death He saves us,
And lightens every load.

O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!

Sources: MIDI file from http://www.hymnsite.com/midifiles/umh216.mid; Words from http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/l/h/lhowrose.htm . Believed to be in Public Domain.

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       Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director - LoveAllPeople.org

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