Lo! How a Rose

Daniel Gawthrop (b. 1949)

Lo, how a rose e're blooming from tender stem hath sprung,
Of Jesse's lineage coming as seers of old have sung.
It came, a blossom 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 us a Savior,
When half spent was the night.


O Flower, whose fragrance tender with sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God, from sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.


This piece was performed on Octarium’s Christmas with Octarium, December 2003, Modern Masters, November 2009, Holidays with Octarium, December 2010 and Lessons and Carols sponsored by Tulips on Troost, December 2010.

This piece is also featured on Octarium's 2009 release, Modern Masters.