Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

from In The Town Of David by Ordinary Time

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A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
Is. 11:1


Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

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.

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!


from In The Town Of David, released December 1, 2006
Words: 15th Century carol; translated by Theodore Baker, 1894; John C. Mattes, 1914.
Tune: Es Ist Ein Ros’, Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: 1599)


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They met in a “History of Christian Worship” class in seminary, where they discovered a shared love for old songs in danger of being forgotten. The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a
sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.
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