Leslie's Omnibus

Holiday Stop

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I was a Madrigal in high school, and this was always one of my favorites to perform:
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
German Carol, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, ca. 1500
Translated by Theodore Baker, 1894 (Stanzas 1–2),
Harriet R. Spaeth, 1875 (Stanzas 3–4), and John C. Mattes, 1914 (Stanza 5)

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.

The shepherds heard the story, proclaimed by angels bright,
how Christ, the Lord of glory, was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found him,
as angel heralds said.

This flow’r, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
dispels with glorious splendor the darkness ev’rywhere.
True man, yet very God; from sin and death he saves us
and lightens ev’ry load.

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.

Peace on earth; good will toward man!


JihadGene said...

Merry Christmas LOOONG time to you, Leslie!!!

og said...

Thanks, for that. It's been a very long time since I heard it sung properly, and they did a wonderful job.

Nancy said...

Merry Christmas, my dear friend!

Harper said...

Merry Christmas!

Desert Cat said...

Merry Christmas Leslie!

Jerry in Texas said...

Merry Christmas, Leslie!!!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a very merry Christmas!


Yabu (EOTIS) said...

Most excellent. The Juju Woman has the voice of an angel, was trained in opera, and sings in choirs...makes my throat swell and my eyes wet.

I guess that is a good thing.

Merry belated Christmas.