Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

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Music by Traditional Melody, Harmonized by Michael Praetorius
Lyrics by Traditional German Text, Translated by Theodore Baker

VERSE 1

G         C    G    D    Em 
Lo, how a rose e'er blooming,

C    G  Am  G    D    G 
From tender stem hath sprung.

           C  G    D  Em 
Of Jesse's lineage coming,

C  G   Am G   D    G 
As men of old have sung.

   Am   Bm G    A   D 
It came a  flow'ret bright,

 D   G   C    G  D  E 
Amid the cold of winter,

Am   G    Am    G   D   G 
When half spent was the night.

VERSE 2

G       C    G   D    Em 
Isaiah 'twas foretold it,

C   G    Am G    D  G 
The rose I  have in mind,

          C  G D    Em 
With Mary we behold it,

C   C  Am  G   D  G 
The virgin mother kind.

    Am  Bm    G    A D 
To show God's love aright,

    D    G  C   G D E 
She bore to men a savior 

Am   G    Am    G   D   G 
When half spent was the night.

VERSE 3

G               C  G      D  Em 
O flow'r, whose fragrance tender,

C    G   Am    G     D   G 
With sweetness fills the air,

            C  G     D    Em 
Dispel with glorious splendor 

C   G   Am   G  D G 
The darkness everywhere.

     Am   Bm  G  A D 
True man, yet very God,

     D   G   C     G   D    E 
From sin and death now save us,

Am  G     Am  G  D  G 
And share our every load.

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Instrument Chords
Banjo A Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Major E Minor G Major
Guitar A Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Major E Minor G Major
Mandolin A Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Major E Minor G Major
Piano A Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Major E Minor G Major
Ukulele A Major A Minor B Minor C Major D Major E Major E Minor G Major