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 alternative version for Advent. The translator is unknown, and no on-line examples have been found.


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.

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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