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A Noble Flower of Juda is a paraphrased adaption by Anthony G. Petti of an anonymous 15th century Marian hymn: Es ist ein Ros Entsprungen (A Rose Has Spring Up). The original words of the German carol are of anonymous authorship and were first published in 1599 along with the traditional folk tune commonly associated with it: Es ist ein Ros, then later adapted in 1609 by the German composer, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621). In the Divine Office (1974), A Noble Flower of Juda is sung at Evening Prayer I on Christmas Eve, and is also used as an optional hymn from Christmas up until Epiphany.
Tune: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen