Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." ~ Roy L. Smith

The birth of the Christ child has been an endless source of inspiration for art and literature. This classic carol was originally penned in German in the 15th century. Its astonishing beauty aspires to the subject matter it seeks to unveil, and does a pretty good job of achieving its aim.


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;
Like Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God's love aright, she bore to us 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 they 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.

Merry Christmas

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