Of a rose synge we (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-20)   CPDL #51342:      Icon_mp3_globe.gif (XML)  
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2018-09-20).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 134 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Of a Rose Synge We
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Anon (Mediaeval c 1450)create page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarolChristmas

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2018

Description: A new setting of mediaeval lyrics in a modal style. Interesting to note, there are no accidentals in the entire piece !

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Original text and translations

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Of a rose synge we:
Misterium mirabile. (Amazing mystery)

This rose is railed on a rys;
He hath bought the prince of prys,
And in this tyme soth hit ys,
Viri sine semine. (Men without children (?)
Of a rose, &c.

This rose is reed of colour bryght,
Throw whom oure joye gan alyght,
Uppon a Cristys masse nyght,
Claro David germine. (Born of David's line)
Of a rose, &c.

Of this rose was Cryst y-bore,
To save mankynde that was forlore;
And us alle from synnes sore,
Prophetarum carmine. (prophetic song)
Of a rose, &c.

This rose, of flourys she is flour,
She ne wole fade for no shour,
To synful men she sent socour,
Mira plenitudine. (Full wonderful)
Of a rose, &c.

This rose is so faire of hywe,
In maide Mary that is so trywe,
Y-borne was lorde of virtue,
Salvator sine crimine. (The irreproachable Saviour )
Of a rose, &c.