Behold a Rose of Judah

This Advent / Christmas hymn is an alternative translation of "Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming", often recommended as an more suitable for Advent. The translator is unknown, and no on-line examples have been found.


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Choir with band and organ - recorded live, low sound quality:

Electronic track - soprano voice:


Behold, a rose of Judah from tender branch has sprung!
A rose from root of Jesse,
As prophets long had sung.
It bore a flower bright,
That blossomed in the winter
When half spent was the night.

Isaiah has foretold it,
In words of promise sure,
And Mary’s arms enfold it,
A Virgin meek and pure.
Through God’s eternal will
She bore to men a Saviour
At midnight calm and still.

This Rose of royal beauty of which Isaiah sings,
Is Mary maiden Mother
And Christ the flow’r she brings.
By God’s unique design,
Remaining still a Virgin,
She bore her Child divine.

We pray thee, Virgin Mother,
the Queen of heaven and earth,
Obtain for us from Jesus,
The blessings of his birth.
By his humility,
May we live as God’s children
In peace and unity.

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