by Anonymous / Unidentified Author
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

There is no rose of such virtue
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE
There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu:

For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space:
Res miranda1.

By that rose we may well see
That he is God in [person]2 three:
Pari forma3.

The angels sung the shepherds to:
"Gloria in excelsis Deo",

Leave we all this worldly mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth:

J. Rutter sets stanzas 1-2
E. Maconchy sets stanzas 1-4

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1 Res miranda = thing of wonder.
2 Maconchy: "persons"
3 Pari forma = Equal in form.
4 Gaudeamus = Let us rejoice.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission FRE ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Thomas Jaenicke

This text was added to the website: 2004-03-29
Line count: 15
Word count: 69

Il n'y a pas de rose d'une telle vertu
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Il n'y a pas de rose d'une telle vertu
Que la rose qui a porté Jésus :

Car dans cette rose étaient contenus
Le ciel et la terre dans un petit espace :
Chose miraculeuse.

Par cette rose nous pouvons bien voir
Qu'il est Dieu en trois personnes :
De forme semblable.

Les anges ont chanté aux bergers :
Gloire à Dieu au plus haut,

Quittons toute cette joie terrestre
Et suivons cette joyeuse naissance :

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  • Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2015 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-08-16
Line count: 15
Word count: 79