12 Days of Christmas Songs (#1) – “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is actually the 12-day period beginning on Christmas Day and ending on January 5th (the day before the day the three kings/Magi/wise men visited the Christ child, aka “Epiphany“). So I’m getting started a little early.

Backstory: I was thinking about doing a blog post listing my favorite five Christmas carols. Too hard, though, picking just five. Then I tried for a list of ten songs—but when I counted them up, I had twelve. Well, that still works out: If I post one song per day from now until the last day of my break (Sunday, January 3), that’s twelve days.

Today’s song is one of my very favorites, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.” To me, the harmonies sound very medieval, like something that should be sung by monks in an ancient European monastery. “Lo, How a Rose” is actually a German carol that dates from around 1600, so not quite as old as the Middle Ages. Its German title is “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.” (For more, see the Wikipedia article here.)

This video contains both the lyrics and the sheet music with all four singing parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), which is fun.

Hope you enjoy it!

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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5 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas Songs (#1) – “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

  1. Very lovely! I like that one too.

  2. Rose Didier says:

    Katie, I know I’ve heard this song before, and I thank you for your research and information. The song will certainly have more meaning for me the next time I hear it!

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