Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming on Christmas Eve



 
It’s Christmas Eve and here I am in the garden and there are blooms from First and Foremost Rose.  I never had that luck in New York.  Is this what gardening in the south is? 

It came to mine the lovely hymn originally published in 1582  in Gebetbuchlein des Frater Conradus whose German words “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”, were inspired by the Song of Solomon, 2:1 referring to Mary: I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”


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,
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 words and music appeared in Katholischer Geistlicher Kirchengesang in 1599.  Among the many English adaptations, the best known is by Theodore Baker (1851-1934).  I remember singing it all the time during Advent with the Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre in New York and also with my church choir at St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay, New York.

Roses are not difficult to grow contrary to popular belief as long as you know what they need. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years?  All they need are food, water and sunlight.  Just like you and me.  

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