Spotless Rose

SATB A Cappella
Lyrics: Anon.
Language: English or Norwegian
Duration: 3:00

 

Spotless Rose is my simple, melodic setting of the well-known 16th century German text Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, which in this case can be performed in either English or Norwegian.

 

NB: RECORDING BELOW FEATURES THE NORWEGIAN VERSION

 
 

Spotless Rose

 

A Spotless Rose is growing,
Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing,
Of Jesse promised fruit;
Its fairest bud unfolds to light
Amid the cold, cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.

 

The Rose which I am singing,
Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing
In Mary, purest Maid;
Through God’s great love and might
The Blessed Babe she bare us
In a cold, cold winter’s night.

 
 

Det hev ei rose sprunge (Norwegian)

 

Det hev ei rose sprunge
ut av ei rot så grann,
Som fedrane hev sunge:
Av Isais rot ho rann,
og var ein blome blid
midt i den kalde vinter
ved mørke midnattstid.

 

Om denne rosa eine
er sagt Jesajas ord,
Maria møy, den reine,
bar rosa til vår jord.
Og Herrens miskunns makt
det store under gjorde
som var i spådom sagt.