||Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengeseng|
Köln: Printed by Quentel for Eberhard von Dienheim, Bishop of Speyer, 1599
||Hymn tune, unharmonised, in White Mensural notation with only the first two stanzas of the German text. A merely adequate image from a document of historical interest: the first known printing of this famous tune (5_55655_3_). Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengeseng is also known as the Speyer Hymnal of 1599, or the oldest Speyer hymn book (ältesten Speyerer Gesangbuches).
||Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
This unharmonised tune is frequently cited but rarely reproduced – perhaps because, "The four-part setting of the above by Michael Praetorius, 1609, cannot possibly be improved." G.R. Woodward, German Hymnody (From the Twelfth To the Middle Of the Seventeenth Century), J. Royal Music. Assn. 1905;32(1):73-99, at pp. 78-79.