Ther is no rose of swych virtu (Anonymous)

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General Information

Title: Ther is no rose of swych virtu
Composer: Anonymous
Source of text: Anonymous 14th-century carol

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: Middle English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

Middle_English.png Middle English and Latin.png Latin text

Ther is no rose of swych virtu
As is the rose that bar Jhesu.
For in this rose conteyned was
Heven and erthe in lytle space.
Res miranda.

Be that rose we may weel see
That he is God in personys thre.
Pari forma.

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

The aungelys sungyn the sheperdes to:
"Gloria in excelsis Deo."

German.png German translation

Keine Rose ist tugendhafter
als die Rose, die Jesus gebar: Halleluja.

Denn in dieser Rose fanden sich Himmel
und Erde vereint: Res miranda.

Diese Rose offenbart uns die Dreifaltigkeit
des einen Gottes: Pares forma.

Weltliche Freuden hinter uns lassend
wenden wir uns dieser freudigen Geburt zu: Transeamus.