Saturday, December 1, 2007

Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming

There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, Isaiah 11:1

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 Flower bright, A mid the cold of winter,
When half gone was the night.

Heilige Nacht
Heilige Nacht

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 gone was the night.

Nativity by Carle van Loo

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.

A 16th century German carol ~ read about the authors here.
Also listen to the music.

Images courtesy of All Posters


Sharon said...

This is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing it!

Cathy said...

Thank you, Sharon, and you're welcome. It really is not a song that I knew. But the Rose caught my attention, and I think the lyrics are lovely. Maybe it's because I wrote a Christmas song "Like A Rose." :o)

Nancy said...

Very,Very nice. That rose is beautiful and so are the lyrics.

Cathy said...

Thank you, Nancy. I had to change the rose picture. I had a beautiful real white rose on a short stem, but it didn't fit in with the other pictures.

Mimi said...

Once again you have outdone yourself with your Christmas song...and illustrations.. thanks Cathy

Kelli said...

Just lovely! The rose is gorgeous!


Cathy said...

Thanks, dear,Mimi, and you're welcome. I'm happy it blessed you.

Kelli, thank you, it had to be gorgeous to represent our Jesus. :o)
It's great to have you visiting.
Hugs back to you ~

Saija said...

you did a wonderful, inspiring job, Cathy ... loved it ... and i love this time of year when we can bring Jesus into the forefront of folks who wouldn't otherwise talk about anything spiritual! :o)

Cathy said...

Amen! Thank you, Saija. Now I just love that hymn. :o)

Maxine said...

I couldn't get to the music, Cathy, but the words are wonderful and your pictures are breathtaking! Thanks for the blessing. I agree with Saija that one good thing about this time of year is that we can exalt Jesus all the more.

Cathy said...

Yes, Maxine, I like the "all the more" part. We do try to exalt Him. Thank you for the kind words and for visiting. :o)

Jodi said...

I love this hymn, Cathy! We sing it at home, but I can't think of the last time we sang it at church. Your illustrations are beautiful. That rose is just gorgeous and reminds me of the tenderness and perfection of Christ. Beautiful!

Cathy said...

Thank you Jodi, It is a lovely hymn I have not heard that much. It's wonderful you all sing it at home - the lyrics are so pretty. :o)

Beka said...

I love this hymn-- the words have so much meaning and are wonderful to ponder. And the melody is beautiful too. The pictures you included are fantastic!

Cathy said...

Thank you, Beka, I DID spend some time trying to find just the right pictures for the beautiful song. :o)