Romanian Grace

The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon. -- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

18 December, 2007

Thine advent here XIV

I felt cheated last year, when I heard this carol for the first time, on Sufjan's Christmas album. It has since become one of my favorites.  So, since it is beautiful and good and true and delicious, I must share it with you.  In addition to the excellent words, its syncopation is some of the most interesting in the Trinity Hymnal.  I am glad the "new" Trinity includes all five verses, as opposed to the old one, which only has two.

Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming

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 floweret bright, amid the cold of winter,
When half spent 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 spent was the night.

The shepherds heard the story proclaimed by angels bright,
How Christ, the Lord of glory was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped and in the manger found Him,
As angel heralds said.

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.

O Savior, Child of Mary, who felt our human woe,
O Savior, King of glory, who dost our weakness know;
Bring us at length we pray, to the bright courts of Heaven,
And to the endless day!


At 19/12/07 16:17, Blogger b. wallace said...

My father's favorite...:)


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