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The Rose it is the fairest flower
‘The Rose of Ryse’: a carol on Henry V and the Agincourt Campaign — three 6-line stanzas (aaaabb) and 4-line burden: ‘The rose es the fayreste flor of alle / That euermore wasse or euermore schall / The rose of ryse / Off all thies flourres the rose berys pryce’
Subjects: carols, political; Henry V; France, expedition to (1415); Agincourt
Versification: — six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 110v
First Lines:
The rose it es the fairest flour
The rose es swetteste of odoure…
Last Lines:
…And chaungyde hewe
In plesance of the rose so trewe
Attributed Title: A Carolle for Crystynmesse (f. 110v)
Editions:
Furnivall, Frederick James. “‘The Rose of England’.” Notes and Queries 5th ser. 12 (1879): 124: 124.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 290; 1977, 258.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 142.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 92-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 157.