Es Ist Ein Ros

Words: Anonymous, 15th century.

Music: Melchior Vulpius (c. 1570–1615).

Parts: 4

Range: 16 half-steps

Language: German.

Difficulty: Harder to learn.

Our recordings


Es ist ein Ros entsprung-

-en aus einer wurzel

Zart, wie uns die Alten sung-

-en, von Jesse kam die Art.

English version by Theodore Baker (1894):

Lo, how a rose e’er bloom-

-ing, from tender stem hath

sprung, of Jesse’s lineage com-

-ing, as men of old have sung.


Not to be confused with the carol that sets the same words to a tune by Michael Praetorius. Example of the other song on YouTube.