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Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen

from Midwinter Revels by GreenMatthews

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We have a good friend called Rose who originally comes from Germany but now lives in Norfolk. We spent Christmas 2017 with her and she gave us a book of German folk songs as a Christmas present. Three years later, a song from the book has finally made it into our set - a beautiful carol that was originally set and published by Michael Praetorius in the 17th century. Fröhliche Weihnachten, Rose!

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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Aus einer Wurzel zart
Die uns die Alten sungen
Von Jesse kam die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
Mitten im kalten Winter
Wohl zu der halben Nacht

Das Röslein, das ich meine
Davon Jesaia sagt
Maria ist die Reine
Die uns das Blümlein bracht
Aus Gottes ew'gem Rat
Hat sie ein Kind geboren
Und bleib ein Reine magt.

O Jesu, bis zum Scheiden
Aus diesem Jammertal
Lass dein Hilf uns geleiten
Hin in den Freudensaal
In deines Vaters Reich
Da wir dich ewig loben
O Gott, uns das verleih

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from Midwinter Revels, released November 30, 2020
Music and lyrics trad. arr. Green

Sophie: voice, alto recorder

Chris: guitar

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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more

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