The Crown of Roses (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

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  • CPDL #18886: [Tcha-leg.pdf Icon_pdf.gif] [Tcha-leg.mid Icon_snd.gif] [Tcha-leg.ly LilyPond]
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2009-02-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Crown of Thorns
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: A capella
Published: 1883

Description: First published in the composer's collection "Songs for the Young".

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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.