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A great and mighty wonder


Michael Praetorius


ES IST EIN' ROS' ENTSPRUNGEN 1447 - Folk song, first published in Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, Köln, 1599

Translated from the Greek by J.M. Neale


A great and mighty wonder, a full and holy cure:
The virgin bears the Infant with virgin honour pure!

Repeat the hymn again: To God on high be glory
and peace on earth to men!

The Word becomes incarnate and yet remains on high,
and cherubim sing anthems to shepherds from the sky.

While thus they sing your Monarch, those bright angelic bands,
rejoice, ye vales and mountains, ye oceans, clap your hands.

Since all He comes to ransom, by all be He adored,
the Infant born in Bethl'em, the Saviour and the Lord.

And idol forms shall perish, and error shall decay,
and Christ shall wield His sceptre, our Lord and God for aye.


A great and mighty wonder - Praetorius

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 14-Apr-09

Es Ist ein' Ros' Entsprungen

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