Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lo how a Rose e'er Blooming

Today it is raining. It is suppose to snow, maybe just a dusting tonight. I am getting ready for my daughter birthday celebration today and last night as we came home from the grocery store she noticed a single white rose blooming in our neighbors yard. The sight of that single rose reminded me of the hymn, Lo ere a rose is blooming, one of my favorite hymns. I love roses ( white and yellow being my favorites) and they are one of the few flowers that will bloom in a mild winter. I have included the lyrics below in English as well as German. The symbolism of Christ as the rose is exquisite and the allusion to the prophecy in Isaiah 11:10 helps to tie Advent and Christmas together.This hymn was sung in the Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie Love Sto­ry (1971). In a few days I would like to get a couple of versions up so that you can listen to the music. I'm not very good with this technical stuff and my daughter will be helping me get together a play list. I also thought I would include a picture of a necklace that I designed and recently sold.- Have a blessed day!

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 flow'ret 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 them a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.


Es ist ein Ros'

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Aus einer Wurzel zart.
Wie uns die Alten sungen,
Aus Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Bl�mlein bracht,
Mitten im kalten Winter,
Wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das R�slein das ich meine,
Davon Jesaias sagt:
Maria ist's, die Reine,
Die uns das Bl�mlein bracht:
Aus Gottes ewigem Rat
Hat sie ein Kindlein g'boren
Bleibend ein reine Magd.

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