People enjoyed the CHRISTmas carols so much last week, I decided to continue sharing them until CHRISTmas day. This “Twelfth Night” German carol combines the story of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 2 with Isaiah’s prophecies about the “rose” from the “stem of Jesse.” Stanzas 1 and 2 combine folklore (“amid the colds of winter” and Christological interpretation of Isaiah 11:1 and 35:1-2. Stanza 3 introduces imagery from John 1. In many ways, this carol is a Bible story: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” 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 flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone 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-gone was the night.

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