Christmas Carols

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I Know a Rose Tree Springing

  1. I know a Rose tree springing
    Forth from an ancient root;
    As men of old were singing,
    From Jesse came the shoot
    That bore a blossom bright,
    Amid the cold of winter
    When half-spent was the night.
  2. This rose-tree, blossom laden,
    Whereof Isaiah spake,
    Is Mary, spotless Maiden,
    Who mothered for our sake
    The little Child, newborn,
    By God's eternal counsel,
    On that first Christmas morn.
  3. O Flow'r, whose fragrance tender
    With sweetness fills the air,
    Dispel in glorious splendour
    The darkness ev'rywhere;
    True man, yet very God,
    From sin and death now save us
    And share our ev'ry load.