Advent Carol Calendar Day 4 – there’s no Rose of such vertu

Rose window at Reims

Rose window at Reims

A carol for the 4th day of Advent

This is a carol from the early fifteenth century. It probably is based on an earlier carol and given the text may well be from a french song. The use of the term Mystical Rose for Mary dates from 12th Century Renaissance. The interesting thing about the carol is the Latin refrain -which a theological in sentiment or comment on the English verse. It makes it sound like it might come from a chapter or cathedral choir. It was found in Henry VII’s chapel is a version by Dunstable.

1. There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu;

2. For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space;
    Res miranda.

3. By that rose we may well see
That he is God in persons three,
    Pari forma.

4. The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis deo:

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

6. Alleluia, res miranda,
Pares forma, gaudeamus,

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