There Is No Rose Of Swich Vertu
Words: English Traditional from Trinity College Library, Ms. O. 3, 58, Cambridge
Compare: There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue (Fuller Maitland and Rockstro, with notes and sheet music)
Music: Not Stated
Source: E. K. Chambers and F. Sidewick, eds., Early English Lyrics (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907), #LII, p. 105.
There is no rose of swich
As is the rose that bare Jhesu.
For in this rose conteined
Hevene and erthe in litel space,
Be that rose we may weel see
There be o1 God in persones three,
The aungeles sungen the
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Leve we all this werdly2
And folwe we this joyful berthe.
The original form of the carol, from the 15th century manuscript, is also found in
J. A. Fuller Maitland and William Smyth Rockstro, English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: The Leadenhall Press, E.C., ca. 1891, Carol No. XIII, pp. 26-27. The modern form of the carol is found on pp. 54-55. The note to #46 is on p. 218.
Richard Leighton Greene, ed., A Selection of English Carols. (Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1962), #46, p. 107 (the original form, 15th Century, citing Trinity College, Cambridge, MS. O. 3. 58). The modern form, according to the Index, is #76, but I was unable to locate it in the book. Carol #76, p. 138, has a first verse beginning "If thou serve a lord of prys."
Notes to #LII, p. 348.
T.C.C., O. 3. 58. Printed Fuller Maitland, 26-7 and 54-5.
The first three caudae are taken from St. Bernardís Nativity hymn, the Laetabundus exultet fidelis chorus (Daniel, ii. 61), but the poem is not a translation of the Laetabundus. Daniel quotes a drinking-song, in which all the caudae of the Laetabundus are similarly used. It begins :-
'Or hi patra
La cerveyse nos chauntera,
Qui que aukes en heyt.
Si tel seyt com estre doit,
Fuller Maitland, 26-7 and 54-5.
J. A. Fuller Maitland, ed., English Carols of the Fifteenth Century, from a MS. Roll in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. With added vocal parts by W. S. Rockstro. (London: The Leadenhall Press, E.C., ca. 1891), pp. 26-7 and 54-5.
T.C.C., O. 3. 58
T.C.C., the Trinity College Library, O. 3. 58. (James, no. 1230). Parchment roll 7 inches wide, and 6 feet 7 inches long. One side bears a Latin ecclesiastical treatise; the other 13 carols and poems with music, perhaps by John Dunstable (see Bodl. Selden B. 26). Of the XV cent.; the forms of the words indicate northern origin. A variant of the Agincourt song is the only secular poem. The MS. was presented in 1838 to the College by H. O. Roe, Esq. Described in James, iii. 247. Edited with a facsimile and added vocal parts by J. A. Fuller Maitland and W. S. Rockstro in 1891, English Carols of the Fifteenth Century, from a MS. Roll in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. [Nos. LII, LIII, LXXIV.]
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