Of a Rose synge we


A Christmas carol based on the medieval poem Of a Rose synge we (Selden MS., B.26 f.9, Bodleian Library, Oxford).

Of a rose synge we: Misterium mirabile.

This rose is railed on a rys; He hath bought the prince of prys, And in this tyme soth hit ys, Viri sine semine. Of a rose...

This rose is reed of colour bryght, Throw whom oure joye gan alyght, Uppon a Cristys masse nyght, Claro David germine. Of a rose...

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

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

This rose is so faire of hywe, In maide Mary that is so trywe, Y-borne was lorde of virtue, Salvator sine crimine. Of a rose...


5 minutes


SATB choir


Performed by Kantos chamber choir

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