“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” has always been one of my favorite carols, and I have enjoyed it both in English and in its original German. Germans like it so much that it’s actually in the LDS German hymnbook.
This version combines the original melody used by Michael Pratoreus, with the melody of a Norwegian Christmas song that fits the words well.
Here is a folksy little tune that captures the spirit of the Saints in 1839 as they settled in Commerce, Illinois – soon to be known as Nauvoo. The first three verses are from an anonymous poem found in the Times & Seasons; the fourth verse was added by me.
This hymn text by Eliza R. Snow touches on a rather unusual doctrine, which she must have learned at the feet of the Prophet: the concept that from time to time, pieces of the Earth have been flung off into space, only to be regathered in the Millenium.
Astronomers are in general agreement that the Moon was formed about 4.5 billion years ago from a catastrophic collision between the Earth and some Mars-sized planet. Perhaps some day we will understand the full import of what Sister Eliza was alluding to in this strange hymn.