Christmas Rose

Snow falls rarely on the Texas Gulf Coast.  Yesterday it snowed all day!  In this season of Advent, several beloved carols ring with mention of winter cold and snow.  In the Bleak MidWinter…snow on snow, Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming.  As the words of the songs drifted through my mind, snowflakes drifted and settled onto an antique rose in my garden named Maggie.  This rose is the only one I know whose fragrance is sweeter when it is cut to bring into my home.  One single bloom was bejeweled with snowflakes.

                              Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming

                              From tender stem hath sprung!

                                       Of Jesse’s lineage coming

                                       As men of old have sung.

                                       It came, a flow’ret bright,

                                        Amid the cold of winter,

                                When half-spent was the night.

                                                                     ~ Fourteenth-Century German Melody

                                                                         This verse, Sixteenth-Century German

One thought on “Christmas Rose

  1. Oh my, I thought your neck of the woods was sub-tropical and only we hunkered down in the winter cold. Your rose is so lush — it looks like a peony. Have a blessed holiday.

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