O ye roses (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-07)  CPDL #56201:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-07).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O ye roses
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB

Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 305


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Original text and translations

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O ye roses, so blooming and fair!
Go hide your blushes, and droop in despair.
For Flora is coming, my shepherdess true,
And she is a thousand times fairer than you.
See, she comes, the pride of Spring!
United welcome let us sing;
Long live our beauteous Queen of May!
To laud her is our duty.
For in amaze all things do gaze,
Enraptured of her beauty.
Long live our beauteous Queen of May!
To laud her is our duty.