The Crown of Roses (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
- Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2009-02-07). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 312 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: The Crown of Roses
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Description: First published as #5 in the composer's collection "Songs for the Young" for voice & piano; arr. by the composer for chorus 1889.
External websites: Arensky's String Quartet opus 35, whose second movement was arranged as Variations on a Theme by P.Tschaikovsy for String Orchestra (1894), op. 35a
Original text and translations
When Jesus Christ was yet a child
He had a garden small and wild,
Wherein He cherished roses fair,
And wove them into garlands there.
Now once, as summer time drew nigh,
There came a troop of children by,
And seeing roses on the tree,
With shouts they plucked them merrily.
Do you bind roses in your hair?
They cried, in scorn, to Jesus there,
The Boy said humbly: "Take, I pray,
All but the naked thorns away."
Then of the thorns they made a crown,
And with rough fingers pressed it down,
Till on His forehead fair and young,
Red drops of blood like roses sprung.