Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming Lyrics – Free PDF for Printouts

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” is Christmas carol originating from the 15th century German hymn Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (literally meaning “a rose has sprung up”). The author of the German lyrics is unknown, while the English version Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming was written by Theodore Baker in 1894. There is also an earlier English version, A Spotless Rose, written by Catherine Winkworth in 1869.

On this page you can find lyrics in English and a printable lyrics PDF file for free download. You can also watch two sing-along videos of both the English versions of this beautiful carol.

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Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming Lyrics

by Theodore Baker 

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 men a Savior,
When half spent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from Sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.

A Spotless Rose Lyrics

by Catherine Winkworth

A Spotless Rose is growing, sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing, of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light mid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.

The Rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing in Mary, purest Maid;
Through God’s great love and might the Blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold, cold winter’s night.

Lyrics in German

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen aus einer Wurzel zart,
Als uns die Alten sungen, von Jesse kam die Art,
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht, mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röslein, das ich meine, davon Jesaias sagt,
Hat uns gebracht alleine Marie, die reine Magd.
Aus Gottes ewgem Rat hat sie ein Kind geboren,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röselein so kleine, das duftet uns so süß,
Mit seinem hellen Scheine vertreibts die Finsterniss.
Wahr Mensch und wahrer Gott; hilft uns aus allem Leide,
rettet von Sünd und Tod.

For printable lyrics in German, click here.

English translation 
A rose has sprung up, from a tender root.
As the old ones sang to us, its lineage was from Jesse.
And it has brought forth a floweret in the middle of the cold winter
Well at half the night.

The rosebud that I mean, of which Isaiah told
Is Mary, the pure, Who brought us the floweret.
At God’s immortal word, She has borne a child
Well at half the night.

The floweret, so small that smells so sweet to us
With its clear light dispels the darkness.
True man and true God! He helps us from all trouble,
Saves us from sin and death.

Music Videos

Sing-Along Video Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming Lyrics

Sing-Along Video A Spotless Rose Lyrics

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