Scripture Verse

There shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His rest shall be glorious. Isaiah 11:10

Introduction

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Michael Praetorius
(1571–1621)

Words: 15th Cen­tu­ry car­ol (Es ist ein Ros ent­sprung­en). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Hen­ry S. Cof­fin and Am­brose W. Ver­non, 1909.

Music: Es Ist Ein Ros’ Al­te Ca­tho­lische Geist­liche Kirch­en­ge­säng (Co­logne, Ger­ma­ny: 1599). Har­mo­ny by Mi­chael Prae­tor­i­us, 1609 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Henry S. Coffin
(1877–1954)

Lyrics

Lo, a fair Rose ablooming
From tender root hath sprung,
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men aforetime sung;
It bears a Floweret bright,
While reigns the cold midwinter
And darkest is the night.

The little Rose I’m singing,
Whereof Isaiah spoke,
Mary to us is bringing,
A maid of humble folk;
By God’s eternal might
For us a Child she beareth,
While darkest is the night.

The Floweret is so lowly,
Whose fragrance none can tell,
With brightness strange and holy
Doth all our dark dispel;
True Man, true God is He;
From every ill He saveth;
God grant we saved may be!