The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Rose of Sharon

For Christmas

Words: "American Traditional," The Singing Master's Assistant (1778)
"I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys..."
-- Song of Soloman, 2:1-11

Music: "Billings," by William Billings (1746-1800)
MIDI and PDF are available from Choral Public Domain Library (CPDL-Free Choral Sheet Music)
I Am The Rose Of Sharon

Source: William Walker, ed., The Southern Harmony (Philadelphia: E.W. Miller, 1854), pp. 200-6

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley;
I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley,
As the lily among the thorns,
    so is my love among the daughters;

As the apple tree, the apple tree among the trees of the wood,
    So is my beloved among the sons,
    So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight.
    And his fruit was sweet to my taste;
    And his fruit, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

He brought me to the banqueting house,
    His banner over me was love,
He brought me to the banqueting house,
    His banner over me was love.

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples,
    For I am sick, for I am sick, for I am sick of love:
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
    By the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
That you stir not up, that you stir not up, that you stir not up,
    Nor awake, awake, awake, awake, my love, till he please.

The voice of my beloved, Behold! he cometh,
    Leaping upon the mountains, skipping,
    Leaping upon the mountains, skipping,
    Leaping upon the mountains, skipping,
Leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, rise up, rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
    For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
    For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The rain is over, the rain is over, the rain is over and gone.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.

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