Why do the roses (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-20)  CPDL #56363:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Why do the roses
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1878 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 11, no. 327

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Original text and translations

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Why do the roses whisper to the wind?
and toss their heads so high?
O gentle zephyr, tell me what they said
as you passed by.
Say, do they look with envy at the bloom
On Flora's cheek that glows?
O well they know it mantles there,
Surpassing any rose.