Saturday 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas
Christmas Rose from Vienna

Red Christmas Rose
Found on Christmas morning
in the inner city
at Heiligenkreuzerhof
24 December 2009
First District


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 flow'ret 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 them a Savior,
When half-spent was the night.

Music: Cologne, 1599
English (1894): Theodore Baker

Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Aus einer Wurzel zart.
Wie uns die Alten sungen,
Aus Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht,
Mitten im kalten Winter,
Wohl zu der halben Nacht.

Das Röslein das ich meine,
Davon Jesaias sagt:
Maria ist's, die Reine,
Die uns das Blümlein bracht:
Aus Gottes ewigem Rat
Hat sie ein Kindlein g'boren
Bleibend ein reine Magd.


  1. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Merisi! Thanks for a year of beautiful and inspiring images. All best wishes, Karen

  2. Thank you so much for all the words! I loved singing along with this, especially the German version! :)

  3. Schön, dass es irgendwo noch Rosen gibt) Ein Lichtblick!

  4. A lovely post, and my favourite carol :-)
    I wish you a peaceful Christmas.

  5. A beautiful flower to set the mood on this fine Christmas Day.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may you have good cheer throughout the day. All the best to you and you family.

  6. I love this gorgeous rose, its colour is wonderful !!!

    Amazing picture !
    Hope you had an amazing Christmas !!



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