There is No Rose

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This sacred English Carol has been set by many composers over the years, probably most famously by Benjamin Britten in his “Ceremony of Carols”. This version is written for an intermediate to advanced level ensemble and contains some gentle dissonances that build and then retract to suggest the image of a rose open and closing.

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There is no rose of such virtue

As is the rose that bare Jesu;


For in this rose contained was

Heaven and earth in little space;

Res miranda.

By that rose we may well see

That he is God in persons three,

Pares forma.

The angels sungen the shepherds to:

Gloria in excelsis deo:


Leave we all this worldly mirth,

And follow we this joyful birth;

Alleluia, res miranda,

Pares forma, gaudeamus,