Alternate Versions

This is one of the prettiest Christmas carols I know, and I love the effect even when performed in two very different styles.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

It’s a very old song, and it’s a toss up whether the traditional feel is better conveyed by a sweet and ethereal children’s choir or a costumed madrigal group.

Pete Seeger sings by himself, accompanied by a banjo. When you click through, choose track 10 and a new window will pop up to play the song.

Either style reinforces the improbability of the event the song describes: a flower that blooms in the winter.

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
as those of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
when half spent was the night.


Published by annmariegamble

Ann Marie Gamble has been putting pen to paper since her mom made her scrub the crayon off the stairwell walls (one chapter per step). Although there is plenty of inspiration to be had in the carpool lane, she likes writing her way across the galaxy as well as across town, and she especially enjoys research missions (aka family vacations) when she and the boys can get away. Her favorite place to write is a room with a view and a pot of tea.

One thought on “Alternate Versions

  1. Kind of wish I could hear it, though I’m not one for x-mas music. In this area, maybe more like the Pogues “New York” song. But I dig Loreena McKennit’s seasonal stuff.

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