O roses for the flush of youth, And laurel for the perfect prime; But pluck an ivy branch for me Grown old before my time. O violets for the grave of youth, And bay for those dead in their prime; Give me the withered leaves I chose Before in the old time.
About the headline (FAQ)Note: first published under the pseudonym of Ellen Alleyn.
- by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830 - 1894), "Song", from Germ (Feb. 1850) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by David Arditti (b. 1964), "O roses for the flush of youth", op. 10 no. 2, from Three Songs of Christina Rossetti, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Henry Clough-Leighter (1874 - 1956), "Roses for the flush of youth", published <<1940. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912), "Oh roses for the flush of youth", published 1904 [alto and piano], from Six Sorrow Songs, no. 3. [text not verified]
- by George Selwyn English (b. 1912), "Song", 1931. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Grace Marschal-Loepke (b. 1885), "In the old time", published <<1940. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by George Oldroyd (1886 - 1951), "Soliloquy", published 1921. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
- by Humphrey Procter-Gregg (1895 - 1980), "O roses" [voice and piano] [text not verified]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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