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Roses and thorns

Language: English

The young child Jesus had a garden,
 Full of roses, rare and red:
And thrice a day he watered them,
 To make a garland for his head.

When they were full-blown in the garden,
 He called the Jewish children there,
And each did pluck himself a rose,
 Until they stripped the garden bare.

"And now how will you make your garland?
 For not a rose your path adorns."
"But you forget," he answered them,
 "That you have left me still the thorns."

They took the thorns, and made a garland,
 And placed it on his shining head;
And where the roses should have shone
 Were little drops of blood instead!

Translation(s): GER RUS

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  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksey Nikolayevich Pleshcheyev (1825 - 1893) , title 1: "Легенда", published 1877 GER by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hans Schmidt (1856 - 1923) , title unknown RUS by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Strodtmann (1829 - 1879) , title unknown RUS by Margarete Voigt-Schweikert.

Text added to the website: 2008-01-22.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:02
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