Rose of Bethlehem

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  1. Joshua Rhodes

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    Hey everyone,

    I came across this song in preparation for our choir's Christmas presentation this year. The words are poetically astounding, and the music is beautiful. Thought I'd share it with you.

    In His Grip,
    joshua

    ROSE OF BETHLEHEM
    Lowell Alexander (C) 1992 Birdwing Music

    There's a Rose in Bethlehem with a beauty quite divine;
    Perfect in this world of sin, on this silent holy night.
    There's a fregrance, much like hope that it sends upon the wind;
    Reaching out to every soul from a lowly manger's crib.

    O Rose of Bethlehem, how lovely, pure and sweet;
    Born to glorify the Father, born to wear the thorns for me.

    There's a Rose in Bethlehem colored red like mercy's blood;
    'Tis the flower of the faith, 'tis the blossom of God's love.
    Though its bloom is fresh with youth surely what will be He knows.
    For a tear of morning dew is rolling down the rose.

    O Rose of Bethlehem, how lovely, pure and sweet;
    Born to glorify the Father, born to wear the thorns for me.
     
  2. Mike McK

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    Pretty.

    That reminds me of one of my favorite Stanley Brothers' songs:

    Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem



    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
    Shining afar through shadows dim
    Giving the light for those who long have gone
    Guiding the wise men on their way
    Unto the place where Jesus lay
    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on.

    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (Star of Bethlehem)
    Shine upon us until the glory dawns.
    Give us a light to guide the way
    Unto the land of perfect day
    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, shine on (shine on)

    Oh Beautiful Star the hope of light
    Guiding the pilgrims through the night
    Over the mountains till the break of dawn
    Into the light of perfect day
    It will give out a lovely ray
    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on (shine on)

    Oh Beautiful Star the hope of rest
    For the redeemed the good and blessed
    Yonder in glory when the crown is won
    Jesus is now the star divine
    Brighter and brighter he will shine
    Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem shine on (shine on)
     
  3. DanielFive

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    Astounding might be too strong a word but I would agree that what this song is beautifully poetic by todays standards.

    For me though Phillip Brooks said it best in '65. 1865 that is. ;)

    Brooks wrote about his horse­back jour­ney from Je­ru­sa­lem to Beth­le­hem, where he as­sist­ed with the mid­night ser­vice on Christ­mas Eve, 1865:

    Brooks wrote about his horse­back jour­ney from Je­ru­sa­lem to Beth­le­hem, where he as­sist­ed with the mid­night ser­vice on Christ­mas Eve, 1865:

    Phillip Brooks :
    "I re­mem­ber stand­ing in the old church in Beth­le­hem, close to the spot where Je­sus was born, when the whole church was ring­ing hour after hour with splen­did hymns of praise to God, how again and again it seemed as if I could hear voic­es I knew well, tell­ing each other of the Won­der­ful Night of the Sav­ior’s birth."

    O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
    Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
    Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
    The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

    For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
    While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.
    O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
    And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

    How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
    So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n.
    No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
    Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

    Where children pure and happy pray to the blessèd Child,
    Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
    Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
    The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

    O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
    Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
    We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
    O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

    Not bad, Eh?
     
  4. Molly

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    A beautiful song,Edna.

    Thanks for sharing that one.

    I love to hear the stories or testimonies from how songs were written. We have a book that explains those backgrounds that we read and sing from during family worship. It just ties us to those wonderful christian men and women of days past...that rich christian heritage...we are very blessed!

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  5. church mouse guy

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    "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem"--that's my favorite Christmas carol!
     

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