The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Whenas the Rose of Jericho

For the Annunciation of Our Lady

Words: Doe die Rose van Jericho, Dutch Carol of the 15th Century

Words translated by the Rev. John O'Connor

Music: Traditional Dutch Carol

Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #118, p. 16.

1. Whenas the Rose of Jericho
Was fainting for the spring'time's breath,
God's love her heart did overflow
And Gabriel came to Nazareth.

2. In haste he came to Galilee
To that white Rose of Jericho,
And said that full of grace was she
And blest o'er all the flow's that blow.

3. And blessed in thy Fruit, said he,
Thou art the Spirit's chosen bride,
The Holy Ghost shall come to thee,
Thy maidenhood so clear abode.

4. The dazzling Rose then undismayed
Became the mother of the Son,
And bides alone a mother maid;
By none but God could she be won.

Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #118, p. 16.

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Note from Rev. Terry:

F sharp (in tenor) for last verse only.

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