The rose and the soul (Seymour John Grey Egerton)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-20)  CPDL #57133:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #57132, transposed down a semitone to F major.
  • (Posted 2020-02-20)  CPDL #57132:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English and German. In original key of F major.

General Information

Title: The rose and the soul
Composer: Seymour John Grey Egerton
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Languages: English, German
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1880 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 389

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

The rose in the garden
has bent her gentle head,
The heart her heavy sorrows
in bitter tears has shed;
Ah! say, thou beauteous Rose-Queen,
Why look'st thou then so sad?
Ah! say, poor drooping spirit,
Canst make no other glad?
The rose must droop and wither,
As Autumn's chill draws nigh:
The heart in lonely yearning,
Makes heavy moan and sigh.
Translation by Mrs Cary-Elwes

German.png German text

Die Rose in dem Garten
ihr Köpfchen leise neigt,
Das herz mit seinem Kummer
und seinen Thränen schweigt;
O sage, schöne Rose,
was bist du denn so trüb?
O sage, junge Seele,
hast du denn niemand lieb?
Die Rose muss sich senken,
es fliegt der Staub umher;
Einsam in stummer Sehnsucht,
Wie lebt die Seele schwer!