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SATBB a cappella
Christmas text in English translation by Pleeschev
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2

This piece has not yet been premiered. Please contact me if you are interested in premiering this piece.

This text is a variant of the more familiar The Birds. It is dedicated to Sister Maureen Sauer, one of Chicago’s best voice teachers.

Complete perusal score available upon request.



When Jesus Christ was yet a child
he had a garden small and wild,
wherein he cherished roses fair
and wove them into garlands there.
Now once as summertime drew nigh
there came a troop of children by,
and seeing roses on the tree
with shouts they plucked them merrily.
“Do you bind roses in your hair?” 
they cried, in scorn to Jesus there.
The boy said humbly,
"Take I pray, all but the naked thorns away."
Then of the thorns they made a crown   
and with rough fingers pressed it down, 
‘til on his fore-head fair and young,
red drops of blood like roses sprung.





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