The Crown of Roses (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

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Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2009-02-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CPDLThis template name is reserved for future development (something in line with what was originally proposed by Pml).


General Information

Title: The Crown of Roses
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB (with minor divisi in bass)
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: 1883

Description: First published as #5 in the composer's collection "for the Young" for voice & piano; arr. by the composer for chorus 1889.

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Original text and translations

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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.