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There is no rose of such virtue
A song of the Virgin Mary the Rose — three 6-line stanzas (aabccb) with Latin caudae and burden: ‘Ther is no rose of swych vertu / As is the rose that bare ihesu’
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — three-line — aab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.58 (1230), a roll, number 13
First Lines:
Ther is no rose of swych vertu
as is þe rose þat bar ihesu
Alleluya
For ioi þis rose…
Last Lines:
…eue we al þi wordly [werthe]
And sowe we þis ioyful berthe
Transeamus
Editions:
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, and William Smyth Rockstro. English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press; New York: Scribner’s, 1891: 27.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 105.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 130; 1977, 116.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 8.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 65.
Stevens, John. There Is no Rose of Such Virtue. Fayrfax Series 16. London, 1951.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 10.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 66.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 107.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 408.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 82-3.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 12.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 162-3.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 388.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 68; 194-5.
2.Source: Holkham Hall, Earl of Leicester MS 229, small vellum fragment bound in at end of volume
First Lines:
Make ȝhow mery & do gladly
& gh glade be al þys company
letabundus
þer ys no rose of [su]che vertu
has ys þe rosse þat bar iehsu
alleluya
Last Lines:
…leue we al þys worlyche mys
& take we al þys worlyche blys
Note: Variant; 3 quatrains; each couplet joined by double brackets, with the usual Latin words (‘letabundus’, ‘Ros miranda’, etc.) beside each braketed couplet.
Attributed Title: þer ys no rose of suche vertu (heading)
Editions:
Griffiths, Jeremy. “Unrecorded Middle English Verse in the Library of Holkham Hall, Norfolk.” Medium Ævum 64 (1995): 278-84: 382.