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15th century German carol

Es ist ein ros entsprungen is a beloved German carol that dates at least to the late-16th century. The melody appears in the Speyer Hymnal (Köln, 1599) and the best known harmonization is by Michael Praetorius, 1609. Our version is our own arrangement.

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A rose has sprung up from a tender root.
As the old ones sang to us, its lineage was from Jesse.
And it has brought forth a floweret in the midst of the cold winter;
At deepest midnight hour.

The rosebud that I mean, of which Isaiah told,
Is Mary, the pure, who brought us the floweret.
At God’s immortal word, she has borne a child
Who makes us blessed.

The floweret so small, that smells so sweet to us
With its clear light dispels the darkness.
True man and true God, helping us through all suffering,
He saves us from sin and death.

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Mignarda Danby, New York

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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