Kathleen Battle

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

Here is a peaceful version of the Carol
performed by
Portsmouth, Ohio's distinguished Soprano
"Kathleen Battle"

Ms. Battle’s luminous soprano voice has been called without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Miss Battle has enjoyed close collaborations with the most noted artists of our time and has performed with the world’s great orchestras in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

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.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
the Rose I have in mind;
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.

The shepherds heard the story
proclaimed by angels bright,
how Christ, the Lord of glory
was born on earth this night.
To Bethlehem they sped
and in the manger they found him,
as angel heralds said.

This Flower, whose fragrance tender
with sweetness fills the air,
dispels with glorious splendor
the darkness everywhere;
true man, yet very God,
from sin and death he saves us,
and lightens every load.