Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming


My previous arrangement of “Lo, How a Rose” was written in a jazz ballad style. This arrangement, written for Wendell Kimbrough and Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, brings a gentle 6/8 lilt to the carol.

Arrangement for strings to accompany congregational singing. Download includes score and parts for violins 1 and 2, viola, and cello. Purchase price allows you to print as many copies as needed for your ensemble.

words: 15th century German, translated Theodore Baker
Geistliche Kirkengesäng
arranged by Greg Scheer
copyright November 24, 2023
CCLI pending
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1. 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 blossom bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone was the night.

2. 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.

3. 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.